A Koforidua Circuit court has ordered a 24-year-old auto mechanic apprentice, Osarfo Richard, to pay a fine of ¢2,400.00 for stealing a vehicle belonging to the Ghana Highway Authority.
Osarfo Richard was charged with stealing contrary to Section 124(1) of the criminal offences Act 1960(Act 29).
Presenting the case in court, assistant state attorney, Cyril Boateng Keteku, noted that on September 1, 2018, Samuel Oyetey Tetteh, an accountant at the Authority, was driving from Suhum to Koforidua in a blue-black Nissan Patrol vehicle with registration number GV 623 -14 and upon reaching Koforidua-Effiduasi, parked opposite the Miracle Rock Church to buy some items in a shop.
He explained that Samuel Oyetey Tetteh had left the vehicle’s engine still running with the key in the ignition.
After a while, the auto mechanic apprentice, Osarfo Richard, jumped into the vehicle and drove off at top speed.
He, however, run out of luck and got into an accident on the Commercial Bank street near the Total 2 fuel filling station in Koforidua and was picked up by Police.
The accused pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to pay a fine of ¢2,400.00 or in default serve 18 months in prison.