Bright Abri, a 29-year-old farmer, has been sentenced to one year in prison by the Hohoe Circuit Court for stealing two old water pumping machines valued at GH¢1,600. Abri had pleaded guilty with an explanation, but this did not exonerate him from the charges.
According to Inspector Rachel Osei Agyapomaa, who presented the case, the complainant was a motor mechanic who had left some old water pumping machines in his shop on April 15. The following morning, he received a call informing him that Abri had been caught with some water pumping machines, and he was asked to identify them.
When the complainant arrived at his shop, he discovered that two of the machines brought in for repairs had been stolen. Upon investigating, he found the two machines at Abri’s house. Witnesses also stated that Abri was caught with the machines while he was negotiating with a scrap dealer.
The convict was arrested and taken to the police station, where a formal complaint was made. He initially denied stealing the machines from the complainant’s shop, but later admitted to the crime during the investigation. He said that he went to the motor shop around 4:30 am on the day in question and stole the two machines, which he then planned to sell as scrap metal.
This sentence is a warning to others who engage in such criminal activities that they will face the full force of the law. It also sends a message that theft and other criminal activities will not be tolerated in our communities.
For the most part, it is important for individuals to respect the property of others and refrain from engaging in any form of criminal activity. Theft not only results in the loss of valuable items but also causes emotional distress to the victims. We must all work together to create a safe and secure environment for ourselves and our communities.
Source: MyJoy Online