A 23-year-old welder was given a four-year jail sentence by the Adentan Circuit Court for breaking into an immigration officer’s chamber and stealing GH$9,378 worth of electrical equipment.
Edmond Asare admitted guilt to the accusations of stealing, making unauthorized entrance, and causing damage without authorization.
The court, presided over by Sedinam Awo Balokah, stated that Asare’s logic had established his guilt after hearing his justification.
Asare was given prison terms of three months for causing damage, 12 months for breaking into a building without permission, and four years for theft by the court.
However, sentences will be read in order, Asare asked the court to be kind to him.
Asare claims that his late father gifted him a piece of property in Ghana’s Eastern Region, which he was prepared to sell to cover the cost of the goods he had stolen.
Asare said in court that his accomplice, taxi driver Isaac Kofi Dordoe, who is accused of dishonestly accepting money, was unaware of the occurrence.
He said he had just asked Dordoe for GHC 1,000 and instructed him to hold onto the loot as security until he could pay back the loan.
Asare consequently requested Dordoe’s release from the court.
However, the court granted Dordoe bail in the amount of GH $50,000 with two sureties and continued the case for mention until October 30, 2023.
Irene Ansom Uroki-Kang, the complainant, is a senior immigration officer who resides at Ghana Immigration Quarters, Mile 13, Frafraha Adenta, according to the prosecution team, lead by Chief Inspector Anim Darko.
Asare is a welder who lives in Frafraha Alhaji, according to Chief Inspector Anim, while Dordoe, 42, is a cab driver who lives in Nanakrom.
Asare invaded the complainant’s home, broke into her room, and took a 43-inch LG TV, an Acer laptop, two Blu Gate mobile phones, and an Itel mobile phone valued GH9,378.00, according to the prosecution, on July 24, 2023, at 1030. At the time, the complainant was at work.
Around 1200 hours on August 30, 2023, Asare returned to the complainant’s home and tried to take her Toyota Corolla saloon automobile, but he was unsuccessful as he was seen by the complainant.
According to the prosecution, the complainant chased Asare and received assistance from several neighbors in order to apprehend him and deliver him to the Adenta Police Station.
Asare confessed to the crime during the inquiry and identified Dordoe as the buyer of the 43-inch LG TV and Acer laptop that he had sold for GHC 700 and GHC 400, respectively.
The 43-inch LG TV and Acer laptop were taken from Dordoe’s room after he was detained and led police to his home in Nanakrom.