A MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR STEALING PLANTAIN AND COCOYAM.


Atsu Gemeni, a 23-year-old labourer, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and hard labor by the Assin Fosu Magistrate Court, presided over by His Worship Abdul Majid Iliasu, for stealing cocoyam and 7 bunches of plantains worth 320 and 800.00 respectively. 

Atsu Gemeni, the convict, admitted to stealing food from the farms of co-complainants Yaw Benuah and Rebecca Ofori in Assin Dunkwa, near Assin Fosu in the Central Region, and was found guilty on his own plea.

In presenting the case to the court, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Gilbert Ayongo, stated that on March 22, 2022, around 3 a.m., a witness in the case (name withheld) suspected the convict's movement while he was transporting two fertilizer sacks containing seven bunches of plantain and cocoyam in a taxi cab. 

The felon claimed possession of the food, but the source did not sit well with the witness, who reported him for arrest, according to Chief Inspector Gilbert Ayongo. 

After police investigation, the convict admitted to stealing food from the complainant's farms, and he was brought before the court and charged with stealing, in violation of Section 124 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 19960. (Act 29).

Meanwhile, ASP Kwabena Oduro Boateng, the Senior Officer in Charge of Court Cases and the MTTD Commander for Assin Fosu Police Division, said the convict could not afford to pay the 100 penalty units fine, which is equivalent to $1,200, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison as a result. 

ASP Kwabena Oduro Boateng, on the other hand, counseled the young in the region to avoid acts that would obstruct their advancement and to find something significant to do in order to improve their life.


Source: Otixpres.com

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