‘The Complainant felt the Accused needed help so he got down from...

‘The Complainant felt the Accused needed help so he got down from his vehicle to assist him’- Refuse Collector jailed for stealing vehicle

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A Garbage Collector has been handed a three-year (3) jail term by a Circuit Court in Accra for stealing.

The Convict, Williams Sarfo stole one Abena Maanu Adutwumfs Rav Four (4) vehicle valued at GH 25,000.00 cedis at La-Wireless in Accra.

Williams was charged with stealing and he pleaded guilty to the offence, hence was convicted on his own plea.

Sentencing the Convict, His Honour, M.E. Essandoh took into consideration the fact that the vehicle that was stolen by the Convict had been retrieved by the Police. The Accused was sentenced to three years in prison.

Hours earlier, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Oppong informed the court that the Complainant is a mechanic who lives at Osu whilst the Convict, Williams Sarfo is a refuse collector and a resident of La-Wireless, a suburb of Accra.

He added that a few weeks ago, one Abena Maanu Adutwum gave her said vehicle to the Complainant to service for her and after servicing, the Complainant sent the vehicle for spraying. The Police Officer also said that on the 9th of April, 2016, the Complainant went for the vehicle from the sprayer and he was driving it from La-Wireless to Osu. The Prosecution further stated that on reaching a junction at La-Wireless Lum Furniture, the Complainant saw the Convict standing in the middle of the road holding two stones in his hands, adding that the Complainant on seeing the Convict in that manner felt he needed help and quickly got down from her vehicle to assist the Convict, leaving the ignition key on.

Chief Inspector Oppong also told the court that immediately the Complainant drew nearer, he lay on the ground and started shouting, adding that the Complainant tried to seek assistance from someone who was standing a few metres away from the scene. The Convict on realizing that the Complainantfs attention was not on him quickly stood up, ran into the vehicle and sped off.

The Prosecutor narrated that on the same date, the Police on their normal routine patrol intercepted the vehicle, stating that when they cautioned the Convict, he could not give any reasonable excuse so he was arrested. The Convict admitted the offence in his Caution Statement and stated that he snatched the vehicle from the Complainant and his intention was to dismantle the vehicle and sell it as scrap