28 June 2012

Ghana: Electrician Gets 8 Months for Stealing ECG Meters

AN ELECTRICIAN, Ransford Owusu Boateng, a resident of Swallar-Bar, a suburb of Accra has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment in hard labour by the Osu District Magistrate court for stealing and installing two meters belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

The court, presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh sentenced the accused person also known as Orinso, on Friday, 22 June, 2012 after he pleaded guilty to the charged of stealing two single phase prepaid meters with a total value of GH¢3,300, being properties of the ECG, when he was arraigned before the court on June 20, 2012.

Narrating the facts of the case, the Prosecuting Officer, Paul Assibi Abariga noted that the complainant, a staff of the ECG Korle-Bu District, in November 2011, while checking on meters she had received from stores, detected that two prepaid meters with serial numbers P32062388 and 32098627 were missing.

The complainant then began to track the meters on the system to see whether it had been installed, and in the process detected that the prepaid meter with serial number P32062388 had been installed in a house at Dansoman, the prosecutor told the court.

He further indicated that on March 28, 2012, the complainant together with other colleagues went to the house and removed the meter and summoned the customer to report to their office, adding that a witness in the case, who introduced the customer to the convict went to the complainant's office on March 29, 2012 with the summons letter to plead but was quickly arrested and handed over to the ECG investigative unit.

The witness subsequently led police to arrest the convict as the one, who installed the meter for the customer at the cost of GH250.00, Mr. Abariga noted, stressing that Boateng, in his cautioned statement, admitted the offence and mentioned one Joe as the one, who gave him the meter but could not lead police for his arrest.

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