Court convicts driver for theft

Gifty Amofa, GNA

Accra, Jan. 24, GNA
– An Accra Circuit Court on Friday convicted Isaac Cudjoe, a driver for
stealing a travelling bag containing items valued at GH¢35,610.00.

Cudjoe who pleaded
guilty to the offence was convicted on his own plea.

However, the Court
presided over by Mrs Susana Eduful deferred his sentence to January 28, 2020
and remanded Cudjoe into police custody.

Prosecuting, Police
Inspector Samuel Ahiabor told the Court that Mr Kwame Appiah-Kubi is the
complainant and a trader who lives at Bantama, a suburb of Kumasi in the
Ashanti Region.

He said Cudjoe on
the other hand is a taxi driver in charge of a Nissan Almeira with the
registration number GG 249- 17 and a resident of Otinibi in the Greater Accra

Prosecution said on
November 26, 2019, at about 2300 hours, the complainant picked up some parcels
in five different travelling bags at the Kotoka International Airport sent to
him from Germany.

Inspector Ahiabor
said after picking the parcels, the complainant hired Cudjoe from the Airport
First Bus Stop to the VIP Bus Terminal at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

The Prosecution said
when Cudjoe was loading the five bags into his taxi cab, he put four bags at
the back seat and one in the boot and set off to the Nkrumah Circle with the
complainant on board.

Inspector Ahiabor
said when they got to the VIP Bus terminal, Cudjoe discharged four of the bags
leaving the other one in the boot of his car.

He said that bag contained
four pieces of S9 Samsung Chrome mobile phones valued at GH¢21,600.00; eight
pieces of Zara men’s body spray valued at GH¢1,512.00; quantity of children’s
dresses and shoes valued GH¢6,000.00.

The Prosecution
mentioned the other items were as three wrist watches valued GH¢942.00; six
Sure deodorants valued GH¢75.00; six Holland wax prints valued GH¢942.00; and
seven ladies’ dresses valued GH¢1,445.00.

The rest were three
ladies’ jump suits valued GH¢282.00, a travelling bag valued GH¢300.00, a cash
of 400 Euros equivalent to GH¢2,512.00, all to the tune of GH¢35,610.00.

He said Cudjoe then
drove off with the bag.

Inspector Ahiabor
said when the complainant got to Kumasi and realized that he had left one of
the bags in the cab, he came back to Accra and reported the case to the Airport

He said the Police
circulated the model and registration number of the said cab within the region
for assistance to trace Cudjoe but to no avail.

He said on January
18, Cudjoe was spotted at the Airport First Bus Stop driving a different taxi
cab and was arrested.

The prosecution said
during investigations the convict led the Police to his residence at Otinibi
where the travelling bag and some children’s dresses were retrieved.