10 January 2013

Ghana: Taxi Driver Jailed 10yrs for Stealing

An Accra circuit court has sentenced a taxi-cab driver to ten 10 years imprisonment for stealing various items and money, worth $8000 from a US-based Ghanaian, who had arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The convict, Michael Essiomela, sped off with the luggages that the complainant had brought from the United States.

The presiding judge, Miss Audrey Kocouvie-Tay, convicted and sentenced Michael Essiomela to jail in hard labour.

The convict, Michael Essiomela, had pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing and was, therefore, convicted on his own plea.

Briefing the court, the prosecuting officer, ASP Adisatu Sulemena indicated that the complainant, Dela Jersey Mensah, Ghanaian based in United States of America (USA) arrived in the country for holidays, while the convict is a taxi driver, who lives at Ablekuma, a suburb of Accra, but works at the airport.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant arrived at the Kotoka International Airport from the USA about two weeks ago and wanted a taxi to convey her luggages to the Kwame Nkrumah circle V.I.P bus terminal in order to board a bus to Kumasi.

The taxi driver opens the booth of the taxi for the complainant and the security to pack the baggages into the booth. Upon loading the luggages in the booth, the taxi driver sped off with the luggages.

According to her, the complainant said, she thought the taxi driver was parking well to enable her join but to her amazement the driver ran away with her bags.

The complainant after several hours of searching for him reported the case at the Airport Police Station and an announcement was mad on Okay FM, an Accra-based radio station.

A week later, the taxi driver in an attempted to sell two iphones belonging to the complainant at the cost of GH¢1000, the police had a tip off and subsequently arrested him, while in the process of selling the phones.

A search was immediately conducted in his mother's room, and a kiosk where he lives, where some of the stolen items were retrieved. The police then took possession of the rest of the belongings and during investigation complainant identify the items as those stolen at the airport.

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