Apprentice mason gets two years for stealing and unlawful damage

A Circuit Court at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality of has sentenced Bright Oppong, an apprentice mason, 25 to two years imprisonment for unlawful damage and stealing.

Oppong pleaded not guilty to the two counts of unlawful damage to property and stealing but the Court after trial convicted him.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector Emmanuel Asare, told the Court presided by Mr Samuel Djanie Kotey that the complainant, a farmer at Kyeremekrom, a village near Dormaa-Ahenkro is the accused person's elder sister who lives at Asuotiano, near Wamfie in the Dormaa East District.

Mr Asare said on Tuesday, May 3 this year, the complainant returned home from the market and met the accused who claimed he had come to visit and would be leaving the following day.

The Prosecution said three days later at about 0100 hours, while the complainant was asleep with her husband, she heard a knock of someone at their door and it was the accused.

Mr Asare said the complainant `told the accused person to return to wherever he had come from because it was an odd hour of the day.

According to the Prosecution, the accused warned the complainant that if she did not open the door for him, he was going to forcibly open her 13- year-old daughter's window to rape her.

“Within a few minutes later, complainant heard her daughter shouting that someone was breaking into her room and so she and her husband rushed out and saw the accused person”, P/Inspt. Asare said.

Prosecution said sensing danger the accused person fled the scene, but the complainant saw that her daughter's window wire mesh valued at GhC80.00 was damaged.

Inspector Asare said the complainant heard her goats bleating and went to the pen only to find out that the accused had slaughtered a she-goat, valued at GhC400.00 and carried it away. 

He said the complainant reported the matter to the Police at Dormaa-Ahenkro, and at about 2000 hours that day, the village folks arrested the accused from his hideout and handed him over to the Police.

During interrogations, accused person admitted the offence and was charged accordingly, P/Inspt. Asare said.

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