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A 63-year-old refrigerator mechanic has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Kumasi Circuit Court Three over GH¢100,000.00 theft.

Benjamin Amissah was additionally ordered to make cash refund of GH?65,000.00 and pay compensation of GH?20,000.00 to the man he stole from – Yaw Fofie.

He had been charged with conspiracy to steal and stealing but pleaded not guilty.

His other two accomplices, whose names were given as Nana Agyei Boafo and Derrick Akwasi Bonsu, are on the run.

Police Inspector Eric Asare told the court, presided over by Mrs. Lydia Osei Marfo, that Fofie, a small-scale miner, lives at Manso-Akwasiso in the Amansie West District, whilst the convict resides in Accra.

The complainant had met Amissah at the Bomfa Junction near Konongo, in June 2016, where through conversation the latter claimed an excavator that had been parked at the place, belonged to his uncle and was for sale.

Fofie became interested and they agreed to meet at the Adum Standard Bank on July 05, where he would withdraw money from his account to pay for the excavator, priced at GH?100,000.00.

The prosecution said the miner on the appointed day met the convict together with his fugitive accomplices at the banking hall.

There he withdrew the said money, which was to be deposited into the bank account of Bonsu.

Police Inspector Asare said before anybody knew what was happening, the convict and his accomplices had snatched the bag containing the cash, jumped into a Toyota Camry saloon car, with the registration number GR 6349-15 and sped off.

They later abandoned the car, after a hot chase and during a search of the car an amount of GH¢35,000.00, alongside four mobile phones, a driver’s license bearing the name Nana Agyei Boafo and two bags containing personal belongings were found.

The prosecution added that Amissah was arrested in a separate case in Accra about two months later and handed over to the Ashanti Regional Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), where he confessed to the crime in his caution statement.

Passing the sentence, Mrs. Marfo said, Amissah had to be kept away from the society for a long time as any least chance he got, he could use it to swindle innocent people.
GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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