The Ashaiman District Court has convicted John Gospel, a 19-year-old driver’s mate, to 24 months imprisonment for extorting a motorbike.
The court presided over by Mrs Eleanor Kakra Banes Botchway sentenced the accused on his petition of remorseful to both counts of illegal entry and theft.
The convict was sentenced to ten months in hard labour for unlawful entry and 24 months in hard labour for stealing, both to run together.
Chief Prosecutor Samuel Apreweh said complainant Kwesi Hammond is a 29-years-old businessman, residing at Lebanon Zone two while the culprit John Gospel resides in Atta Deka
The fact of the case was that on November 5, 2021, at about 1300 hours, the complainant was fast asleep when the accused unlawfully entered the house and stole his black Royal motorbike with registration number GT1929 valued at GHC3,000.00.
Prosecutor said Hammond woke up about 18:30 hours and realized his motorbike was stolen.
Prosecutor told the court that the complainant then went in search of his motorbike.
He said the complainant spotted the accused person about 300 meters away from his house, together with a motor mechanic, trying to change the ignition key of the motorbike.
Prosecutor Apeweh said when the accused saw the complainant he took to his heels.
The complainant, with the aid of two others, hunted him and tended to apprehend him.
They brought him to the police station, together with the stolen motorbike, and lodged a formal grievance with the police.
During investigations, the accused person accepted the offence and told the Police that he stole the said motorbike.
However, the accused person could not lead police to arrest the mechanic and after investigation, the accused person was charged with the offences and arraigned after a full trial was convicted.