By Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA
Enchi (W/R), Oct. 19, GNA – Two young men have
been fined GH¢1,800.00 each or in default serve 12 months imprisonment each,
with hard labour for stealing four bundles of aluminium high tension cables
valued GHC15,000.00 at Dadieso in the Western Region.
The convicts, Ralph Obbi, a farmer and Abdalah
Nasir, blacksmith, were charged for conspiracy to commit crime, stealing and
Their accomplice, Kwesi Oppong, a cobbler, who
conspired with Obbi and Abdalah to commit the offence was also ordered to sign
a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months.
Oppong, would pay a fine of GH¢2,000.00 or in
default nine months in prison with hard labour if he fails to comply with the
The Court at the end of the trial, found the
three guilty of the charge of conspiracy to commit crime, stealing and
Detective Sergeant Joseph Kwadwo Agyare, the
prosecutor, told the Enchi District Magistrate court, presided over by Mr Eric
Baah Boateng that a month ago, Obbi and Oppong planned to sell the high tension
cables that were packed behind Obbi’s house.
He said Oppong informed Abdalah alias ‘Grow’
about the deal of which he expressed interest.
The prosecution said, on June 1, 2018, at
about 0100 am, Abdalah picked Oppong on his motor bike from Dadieso to
Kwabenakrom where they met Obbi.
Detective Sgt. Agyare indicated that after
negotiations over the price of the cables, Obbi and Abdalah settled on GH¢1,000.00.
He said Abdalah promised to pay the money
later and they all agreed and went to pack the stolen items on a tricycle and
sent them to Abdalah’s house at Nyame Adomkrom, a suburb of Dadieso.
According to Detective Sgt. Agyare, they later
conveyed the cables to the Dadieso Kumasi bus terminal to enable them to
transport them to Kumasi for sale.
On June 3, he said the Dadieso Police had a
tip-off that the remaining high tension cables to be used for rural
electrification project for Suaman District had been stolen.
The police begun a search around the area and
on reaching the Dadieso Kumasi bus terminal they found four coiled high tension
cables wrapped in fertilizer sacks, which they conveyed to the Dadieso Police
station for investigation.
Obbi was then arrested, but he denied any
knowledge of the crime and rather mentioned Oppong and Abdalah as the culprits.
He said Oppong and Abdalah were arrested.