Laptop thief gets five years

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Tarkwa, April 6, GNA – The circuit court in Tarkwa has sentenced a 26 year-old man, Philip obeng Kwadwo to five years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing.

He stole one lap top and a system unit valued at GH¢2,000.00. He was convicted on his own plea.

Prosecuting, Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr. Samuel Obeng Diawuo that the complainant Kwadwo Asiedu is a business man residing at Dekyemso a suburb of Dadieso and the convict lived in Kumasi Bebre.

He said in September 2011, the convict arrived from Kumasi to Dadieso and was working for one Madam Ama Dansowa at her clinic where the complainant contracted him to tile his drinking and chop bar for him.

Detective Amponsah said Obeng charged the complainant GH¢500 and he made a part payment of GH¢250.00 which he accepted and promise to come for the balance later.

According to the Prosecutor, in December last year, the convict returned to Dadieso and approached the complainant for his balance but the complainant at that moment said he had only GH¢150 and therefore asked him to wait while he gets the remaining balance from town for him.

Detective Amponsah said as soon as the complainant left, his wife also visited the washroom while the employee was busy at the kitchen, Obeng took the advantage and entered his rooms and stole the Dell lap top and a system unit.

He said the worker saw the convict carrying away the items shouted but he took to his heels with them.

The Prosecutor said when the complainant returned home he was informed of what had happened and he traced the convict to Madam Dasowa clinic and gave him the GH¢100 but he refused claiming that the complainant had unduly delayed him.

Detective Amponsah said this resulted in exchange of words between them and before the complainant realized, Obeng broke an empty bottle and used it to inflict a deep cut on his head.

He said the complainant bleeding profusely fell on the ground unconscious and the convict sensing danger took to his heels with the items to unknown destination.

The Prosecutor said on March 3 this year, the complainant went to Kumasi on a business trip and spotted Obeng so he raised the alarm and with the assistance of some people he was arrested and handed over to the Suntreso Police before later sending him to the Dadieso Police.

He said after thorough investigation Obeng was charged with the offense of stealing, unlawful entry and causing unlawful harm.