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Regional News of Tuesday, 15 July 2003

Source: GNA

Court sentences two thieves to six years each in jail

Aflao (V/R), July 15, GNA - Two men who snatched a bag from a retired Togolese Customs Officer on his arrival at Aflao from Accra with monies and valuables were on Monday jailed six years each by the Aflao Circuit Court.

David Dosah, 24, a petty trader and Kwashie Amenewornu, 25, unemployed, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and stealing 145,000 CFA Francs, 400,000 cedis, 50 Euros, pensions and citizen's identity cards, a calculator and a driving licence.

Two other accomplices, whose names the accused persons refused to mention, escaped and are still at large.

Inspector Kofi Frimpong told the Court that on May 28 Mr Koku Tehri Kouami, the Togolese, arrived at the Aflao border from Accra with his wife en route to Lome.

While he was putting his handbag containing the monies and the documents into a bigger bag the accused persons and their accomplices loitering at the border snatched the handbag and fled. Inspector Frimpong said Dosah and Amenewornu were arrested and some of the documents and 20,000 CFA Francs retrieved from Amenewornu's room. He said another 17,000 CFA Franc and 101,000 cedis were retrieved from Dosah who led the Police to the bush where the identity cards were found.