Man, 23 jailed 14 years for stealing mobile phone


A Bekwai Circuit Court in the Ashanti Region, presided over by His Lordship Fredrick Nawura, has sentenced Ernest Acheampong, 23-year unemployed man to fourteen years in prison with hard labor for stealing mobile phone valued at GH¢250.

The accused, who admitted to the offence, pleaded guilty in open court and was subsequently convicted on his own plea, said he was hungry and needed money to buy food that’s why he committed the crime.

According to the facts of the case as presented by the Detective Inspector Ofori, the complainant, Madam Juliana Brobey and the accused, Ernest Acheampong, are both residents of Jachie, a community in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti region.

“On January 23, 2018, the complainant detected her missing mobile phone and upon their investigation, she was hinted that they saw the accused, Ernest Acheampong coming from her room so they suspect that he might have taken the phone,” he continued.

“The complainant notified the police and Ernest was arrested and the phone retrieved from him,” he added.

During interrogation, he admitted to the offence and said the court should temper justice with mercy because he did that out of hunger and promised if pardoned he will be of good behavior.

His Lordship Fredrick Nawura after the presentation of the fact of the story said the robbery cases in the area is becoming unbearable hence he must be used as a scapegoat to serve as deterrents to the people, especially the youth in the area.

Source: Nana Asare Barimah


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