THE Fiapre Circuit Court has sentenced a 19-year-old man to five years imprisonment for stealing a metre-reading gadget belonging to the Ghana Water Company (GWC) worth G¢55.
Kwadwo Boakey was sentenced on two counts of stealing and causing unlawful damage by the court, presided over by Mr Justice Benjamin Osei Yaw.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Lydia Acheampong said on July 17, 2010 at about 4.30 am, the complainant in the case, a mason, went to his standpipe to fetch water, but found out that the tap was not flowing.
The prosecutor said around 5.00 am, the complainant heard some people shouting outside that the complainant’s standpipe metre-reading gadget had been damaged and water was flowing profusely.
C/Insp. Acheampong said the complainant, hearing that, rushed out quickly and found out that the metre-reading gadget, which was connected to the standpipe, had been cut and taken away.
She said upon his (complainant’s) own investigation it came to his notice that the convict was spotted by a witness in the case on the dawn July 17, 2010 at about 4.00 am.
She stated that the convict since then went into hiding until he was spotted on September 10, 2010 in town and was subsequently arrested and handed over to the police for further investigations.
C/Insp. Acheampong said during investigations, the convict admitted the offence in his caution statement and after further thorough investigations, he was charged with the offence.