A store assistant who stole cosmetics worth GH174,640 from his employer was given a three-year prison sentence with hard labour by the Accra High Court.
Samuel Botchway, the culprit, pleaded guilty before the court presided over by Madam Kizita Naa Koowa Quarshie, according to the Ghanaian Times Newspaper of July 19, 2023.
He acknowledged to taking four boxes of the same cosmetics product valued GHC 16,000 and the boxes of cosmetics costing GHC 158,640.
Vida Arhin-Duah was identified as the complainant in the fact brief by the prosecution attorney, Chief Inspector Eric Pobee.
She is a trader and a resident of Ablekuma Joma in Accra, whilst Botchway, the prisoner, lived at Bortianor, also in Accra.
Botchway collaborated with the complainant as a store assistant and a warehouse keeper, Chief Inspector Pobee testified in court. According to reports, the complainant has two warehouses—one at Ablekuma Joma and the other at the Makola Mall structure.
According to the prosecution, the complainant found shortages of cosmetic products at both the store and the warehouse.
According to the prosecution, the defendant was observed counting money in a store in Okaishie Market that belonged to a witness by the name of Latifa Rashid.
When the complainant became aware of this, she hurried over to the prisoner to ask him what he was doing in the store in Okaishie.
According to the witness, Latifa, Botchway was a frequent buyer of cosmetics from her and supplied her with them.
Chief Inspector Pobee said that Latifa claimed the convict had given the witness (who was herself a witness) four boxes of gel polish and had come to collect the cash of GHC12,800.
Latifa allegedly reportedly admitted that the convict had given her a number of cosmetic items between December 2022 and April 2023 in exchange for money, according to the prosecution.
Botchway confirmed the crime in his investigation cautious statement, according to Chief Insp. Pobee, after Botchway was arrested.
The presiding judge gave the defendant a six-month prison term for stealing cosmetics valued at GHC 158,640 and a six-month prison term for stealing GHC 16,000 in value. The timing of both statements is required.