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Bleating Exposes Goat Thief

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Barely six months after being pardoned, following his plea for forgiveness and a pledge not to steal again, Yakubu Adams, 27, has once again stolen a pregnant goat that belongs to the same owner he previously stole a nanny goat from at Agona Mankrong.

Adams hid the stolen goat, valued at GH¢150, in his room, but the bleating of the goat gave him away. A witness in the case heard the bleating of the goat and forced Adams’s door open. He found Adams stark naked, with the goat lying unconscious.

When Adams appeared before the Agona Swedru District Magistrate’s Court, the presiding Magistrate, Mr Kwaku Baah Frempong, convicted him on his own plea of guilty to the charge of stealing and imposed a fine of GH¢600 on him.

Adams will go to prison for three months if he fails to pay the fine.

According to Inspector Isaac Amon, Victoria Atitso, the complainant, and Adams are farmers at Agona Mankrong.

In December last year, Adams stole Atitso’s nanny goat and he was arrested, but he approached Atitso and pleaded for forgiveness and she forgave him.

The prosecutor said Adams promised never to steal anything of hers again.

Inspector Amon said at about 12.40 p.m. on May 26, 2013, however, Adams stole Atitso’s pregnant nanny goat and kept it in his room.

According to the prosecutor, the loud bleating of the goat in the room attracted one Gabriel Abbey’s attention and he knocked on Adams door several times without a response.

Inspector Amon said the witness, therefore, pushed the door open, only to find Adams naked in his room while the goat was unconscious.

According to the prosecutor, Adams, who started pleading with the witness, later escaped from the room, leaving the witness and the goat in the room.

Inspector Amon said the witness later arrested Adams and escorted him to the Mankrong- Junction Police Station where he (Adams) admitted committing the offence in his caution statement.

Inspector Amon said the goat later regained consciousness.

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