4 remanded over alleged theft of cigarettes

4 remanded over alleged theft of cigarettes

Circuit Court Three has remanded four individuals in custody over an alleged theft involving bundles of cigarettes and other items valued at GH¢67,000.

The accused persons, Prince Adjei, Emmanuel Ajei Klu, Joseph Opata, and Diana Asheley Trebi, all denied conspiring to steal 222 bundles of cigarettes valued at GH¢40,455 and 68 cartons of hard drinks valued at GH¢27,045, totalling GH¢67,500, belonging to Madam Josephine Ntre.

The alleged accomplice, a 17-year-old, admitted to the offence and has been convicted on his plea. The case has been referred to the Court's registry to reassign it to the Juvenile Court for sentencing. Meanwhile, a 15-year-old believed to have participated in the alleged crime failed to attend court.

The Court, presided over by Mrs. Susanna Eduful, has scheduled the accused persons to appear again on January 24, 2024.

Police Inspector Teye-Akuffo informed the court that Madam Ntre, the complainant, is a businesswoman residing at Gonno School Area, Teshie. The 17 and 15-year-old boys were her house helps. Adjei is a student, Klu and Opata are shop attendants, and Diana is a trader.

The complainant, during an audit of her shops, discovered that between January 2023 and August 2023, 222 bundles of cigarettes valued at GH¢40,455 and 68 cartons of hard drinks valued at GH¢27,045, totalling GH¢67,500, had been stolen by the accused persons.

Inspector Teye-Akuffo explained that the complainant found an iPhone 7 plus cellular phone valued at GH¢1,700 in the possession of the 17-year-old boy.

Upon questioning, the boy implicated Prince as the one who bought it for him from the proceeds of the stolen goods when Prince was working with the complainant. This led to the arrest of the 17-year-old, who assisted in the arrest of the other accused persons.

During investigations, both minors and Klu confessed to stealing the goods with Prince, Opata, and Diana. The accused persons were subsequently charged with the offences and presented before the court.

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