Hohoe Circuit Court has sentenced Gokah Bless Yayra, 25, an okada rider, and Evans Amegavi, 23, a barber, to five years in prison. When the two initially appeared in court on February 2, this year, they entered a plea of not guilty to charges of theft, unauthorized access, causing damage, and dishonestly receiving. They were found guilty and given the appropriate sentences by the court, which was presided over by Mr. Michael Johnson Abbey, in its judgment following the completion of the whole trial. On the other side, the accusation of receiving something dishonestly was dropped against Gokah. According to the court, the purpose of the sentencing is to dissuade future offenders.
The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Charles Aziati, informed the court that the complainant was a Reverend Father working at the Anfoega Catholic Hospital. He claimed that when a complainant’s nephew went to the facility, he saw that the burglar-proof had been tampered with and reported the break-in by burglars. According to him, the complainant’s property was stolen, including a Samsung 52-inch television worth GHC 4,500 and an Amcon 43-inch television for GHC 1,600. Six pairs of cassocks, each worth GHS 1,620, and a variety of drinks, including Black Label Whisky, GHS 723.4, totaled GHS 13,002.00, according to Chief Inspector Aziati.
He claimed that on February 5 of this year, Gokah and his accomplice were apprehended by police after they received information that they had been seen carrying various items in Adabraka, a suburb of Hohoe, including two plasma television sets. When Gokah was asked where he acquired the things, Chief Inspector Aziati said, he said Amegavi brought them to him and took one kilogram of Indian Hemp and $300, but Amegavi disputed the claim. A search of Gokah’s room turned up some of the stolen goods, which were subsequently recovered, according to Chief Inspector Aziati.
Chief Inspector Aziati said witnesses in the case returned some of the stolen items, which Gokah and his accomplice deposited with them and the Police after further investigations arraigned the two.