Bench warrant for copper cable thieves

Owusu pleaded guilty and has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with a surety. He is to appear again at a later date.

Amartey and Jafaru are on the run.
The prosecutor, Detective Inspector Tobias Amoadza, said the complainant, Esther Nuer Akrebetu, is a trader at Somanya, while Owusu is a scrap dealer and also lives at Somanya.

He said on June 29, 2013, Akrebetu travelled to Dunkwa and bought a quantity of copper cables.

According to the prosecutor, Akrebetu solicited help from a witness in the case who is a scrap dealer to help her burn and extract the wires from the cables.

He said after extracting the copper wires the witness parked them into sacks and kept them in Akrebetu’s room and locked it.

Inspector Amoadza said at about 5:30am on July 2, 2013, Akrebetu woke up and saw that the window of her room had been broken.

A search revealed that some of the copper wires, estimated to cost about GH¢7,200, had been stolen from the room. She, therefore, made a report to the police.

According to the prosecutor, through investigations, Akrebetu got to know that Owusu had something to do with the theft.

The prosecutor said Akrebetu and the witness confronted Owusu who admitted committing the offence together with Amatey and Jafaru.

Owusu was consequently brought to the police station. The police later went with him to Amatey’s house and the stolen copper wires were retrieved from his room in the presence of his father.

In his caution statement during police investigations, Owusu claimed Amatey and Jafaru were the cuprits who stole the items from Akrebetu’s room.

He further told the police that upon realising the goods were stolen items, he advised that they should be kept in Amatey’s room.

By Ezekiel E. Sottie / The Mirror / Ghana

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