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Neo
18th July 2013, 04:58 AM
An 18 year-old unemployed, Emmanuel Adjei was on Tuesday convicted to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced accordingly.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Richard Boatey told a Takoradi Circuit Court presided over by Mr. Charles Bamfo Nimako that, the complainant, Comfort Asamah Baidoo, a cook and the convict were both residents of Ntankorful, near Takoradi.

DSP Boatey said on July 10, this year, Adjei broke into Comfort’s room, threatened her with a knife and took away her Samsung Galaxy phone.

Efforts by some residents in the area to arrest him proved futile until he later disguised himself and joined some neighbours to console Comfort in her house.

The prosecution said, Comfort immediately recognized Adjei when he came to the house as her attacker, by identifying his wrist watch, which he wore to commit the crime, but Adjei strongly denied the accusation.

However, in a bid to prove his innocence, Adjei led the people around to his house, but unfortunately for him, the complainant again identified his jacket and a knife which he used in the robbery, as well as her stolen phone.

Adjei was handed over to the police and after investigations, arraigned and prosecuted.



Source: GNA

Ghana-chan
25th September 2013, 10:29 AM
The sentence is unfair, too hard and gruesome. Regarding his young age the Takoradi Circuit Court seems to be incompetent to judge over juvenile criminals. "her Samsung Galaxy phone" ... so why "she" can use such a device and "he" can not? It's a cheap silly, almost worthless item, so why so much fuss around it? A crime is a crime and for what he did (knife) he deserves a certain punishment, but even one year is hard at that age. Surely he didn't want to kill someone. I have seen 18yo youngsters put into prison for a year for doing almost nothing. GHA needs new scales I say.

Ghana-chan
25th September 2013, 10:35 AM
did the court enforce him to do something to "heal" his wrongdoing? I suppose if we give him the chance to rethink his silly crime and to reverse it by paying compensation to her, he would take this chance (if he's not insane). This kind youngsters need public attention and not lifelong sentences.