Scrap Dealer Jailed 20 Years Over Gear Box Theft
Alhassan Zimblim, 41, a scrap dealer, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for stealing in violation of section 124(1) of the Criminal Offenses Act 1960 by the Kyebi Circuit Court in the Abuakwa South Municipality of the Eastern Region, presided over by Peter Oppong-Boahen (Act 29).
After the initial accuser entered a not guilty plea and the case entered a full trial, the case continued for more than a year.
The first defendant is a junk trader who is 41 years old and lives in Sukura, Accra. The second defendant is a spare parts merchant named Mubarrack Hussein, who is 30 years old and lives in Aboabo Kumasi.
The first defendant, Alhassan Zimblim, was found guilty of the charges brought against him and given a 20-year sentence of hard labor, while Mubarrack Hussein, who was accused of receiving property dishonestly in violation of section 146 of the Criminal Offense Act (ACT 29/60), was released after his attorney, Seidu Nasigri, made a submission of no case.
Salifu Kassim, the complainant, is a driver who resides at Pekyi No. 2 in Kumasi, according to the prosecution.
In January 2021, the complainant was in charge of a Man Diesel trailer truck with the license plate AW 3814-13 that was transporting cashews from Kumasi to Accra, but the truck’s engine malfunctioned when it arrived at Paradise Resort.
The cashew was consequently placed into a separate truck and sent to Accra.
The vehicle was parked in Paradise Resort’s yard while a new engine was being fixed.
The first defendant was successful in towing the truck to Accra on March 14, 2021, where he broke it into pieces for spare parts.
The first defendant sold the engine, axel, gearbox, and trailer flat body to the second defendant for GHC60,000 on April 5, 2021.
After purchasing the same, the second accused person shipped the engine, axel gearbox, and flat body of the trailer to Ashaiman and to his spare parts store in Kumasi-Suame Magazine.
The incident was reported to the police by the complainant and his career, Frederick Ofori, on March 6, 2021.
A mechanic who had been working on the engine of the aforementioned truck visited the shop of the second accused person on March 8 in 2021 to purchase replacement parts and while there discovered the engine for the aforementioned truck.
When the witness questioned the second defendant, he described the first defendant as the one who had sold the alleged parts to him.
During questioning on April 13, 2021, the second accused person offered the police a tip about the first accused person’s hiding place, and they were able to track him down to Accra Central, where he was apprehended and sent to the Bunso police station.
The aforementioned exhibit was taken from the second accused person at Kumasi and Ashaiman, respectively, throughout the course of the investigation.
The first accused person was charged with the crimes after an inquiry and received a sentence.