Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 3 July 2019
The Enchi District Magistrate Court has convicted two teenagers for stealing 18 assorted mobile phones worth GH¢10,000 and GH¢2,300 cash.
The two, Theophilus Abiaw, 17, a mason, and Desmond Adjei, 17, unemployed, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit crime, unlawful damage, unlawful entry and stealing.
Abiaw would serve three years in a reformatory centre at Mamobi in the Greater Accra Region, while his companion Adjei, who showed remorse and confessed committing the crime during the trial, was ordered to sign a bond to be of good behaviour for two years.
A 20-year-old trader, Samuel Baba Sani, who was also charged for dishonestly receiving, pleaded not guilty to the offence and was granted GH¢3,000.00 bail with two sureties.
Detective Sergeant Joseph Kwadwo Agyare told the court that the complainant, Zibo Awi, is a mobile phone dealer, and resides at old Zongo in the Aowin municipality.
He said Abiaw, Adjei and one Kofi Twum, 20, now at large, and Baba Sani are friends, and residents of Bejahaso and Nakaba, suburbs of Enchi.
According to the prosecution, the complainant normally took his mobile phones to the house after close of business each day.
Sgt Agyare said on April 30, 2019, at about 5 pm, Abiaw, Adjei and Twum trailed the complainant to his house, and when he left home to New Zongo, a suburb of the area, they broke into his room and made away with the aforementioned items.
When the complainant returned at around 8 pm, he discovered that thieves had broken into his house through the windows and made away with assorted mobile phones and GH¢2,300.00.
The complainant reported the incident to the police at Enchi leading to the arrest of the teenagers.
Sgt Agyare said when the two teenagers were arrested, two mobile phones were retrieved from them, and they confessed that they sold one of the mobile phones to Baba Sani at the cost of GH¢50.
He said Abiaw and Adjei led the police to arrest Baba Sani and one Techno W1 phone worth GH¢450 was recovered from him.