A self-proclaimed electrician in Hohoe has been given a three-year prison sentence with hard labor by the Circuit Court for stealing a tricycle worth GH¢15,000.
Despite Richard Kromponi, 29, pleading guilty and providing an explanation, his explanation did not absolve him of the offense.
The accused faced charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and theft, while his accomplice, Eric, remains missing.
During the court hearing led by Mr. Michael Johnson Abbey, Chief Inspector Charles Aziati, the prosecutor, explained that the complainant was a scrap dealer residing in Konda, a suburb of Kpando. On the other hand, the convict, who identified himself as an electrician, resided in Ve Hoeme.
According to the prosecution, the complainant possessed a Sonlink tricycle with the registration number M-21-VR 904. Each night, he would park it beside his house before going to sleep.
Chief Inspector Aziati explained that on April 16 of this year, the complainant followed his usual routine of parking the tricycle in the same location before retiring for the night. However, when he woke up the next morning, he discovered that the tricycle had been stolen.
During the court proceedings, it was revealed that the Volta North Regional Police Patrol team, headed by Sergeant David Aryeh, was assigned to duty in Vuita, a town situated along the main Hohoe-Ho Road.
Chief Inspector Aziati stated that while on duty, the team spotted two individuals on a tricycle preparing to enter the road at Vuita, coming from the Leklebi direction.
According to the prosecution, the team intercepted the tricycle, with the convicted individual serving as the driver and his accomplice, Eric, who is currently at large, standing on the rear part of the tricycle.
According to Chief Inspector Aziati, when the police halted the duo and inquired about their presence on that particular road at that hour, it was revealed that the two individuals tried to bribe the patrol team with GH¢10.00.
Chief Inspector Aziati further mentioned that the team discovered that the two individuals were using a counterfeit ignition key to operate the tricycle.
During the interrogation conducted by the police, the convict and his accomplice attempted to escape, fleeing from the scene.
Chief Inspector Aziati stated that the police pursued the two individuals and managed to apprehend the convict, while his accomplice successfully escaped.
Following the arrest, the convict was taken to the Police Headquarters in Hohoe for further investigations, and the other police stations in the surrounding region were informed about the case.
In the court proceedings, it was revealed that the complainant initially visited the Kpando Police station to report the theft of his tricycle. However, he was directed to the Hohoe Police station to provide his statement.
Chief Inspector Aziati added that the complainant positively identified the tricycle as his own during the proceedings.