Labourer, 23, Jailed For Stealing Plantain And Cocoyam
For stealing cocoyam and seven bunches of plantain, the Assin Foso Magistrate Court presided over by His Worship Abdul Majid Iliasu, sentenced Atsu Gemeni, a 23-year-old laborer, to 12 months in jail with hard labor.
Atsu Gemeni, the convict, admitted to stealing food from the farms of co-complainants Yaw Benuah and Rebecca Ofori in Assin Dunkwa, near Assin Foso 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 Foso Police Division, revealed that the convict could not afford to pay the 100 penalty units fee, 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.