A Tarkwa circuit court has sentenced Yaw Badu, an illegal miner to 18 months imprisonment for stealing two mobile phones valued 100 Ghana cedis at Wassa Dunkwa near Asankrangwa.
He was convicted on his own plea.
Prosecuting Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that during the early part of November, last year the complainant went and ate in a chop bar belonging to the convicts sister at Wassa Dunkwa and forgot his two G’Tide mobile phones there.
He said when the complainant went back to collect the phones it was established that Badu came to the chop bar and stole the phones but when the complainant contacted him he denied having the phones.
Detective Amponsah said on December 5, Badu was harassed at an illegal mining site by some food sellers for nonpayment of food he bought from them.
According to the Prosecutor, the convict who had no money to pay the women brought out a G’Tide phone from his pocket and pleaded with a colleague who is a witness to collect the phone and settle the debt for him and promised to pay back the money for his phone.
He said after collecting the phone the witness showed it to the complainant and he identified it to be his.
Detective Amponsah said Badu was arrested and interrogated as to how he came by the phone but he could not give any tangible reason and was handed over to the police.
The Prosecutor said the convict also abandoned the second phone in a taxi which was found by the driver and it was handed over to the police.
He said the complainant later came to identify the phone as the one stolen by the convict. GNA