Labourer jailed for stealing vessel part

By Dora Akyaa Asare

Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu, Minister for Justice & Attorney General

A 28-year-old labourer was sentenced to three years at the Tema Circuit Court yesterday for stealing parts of a vessel which was docked at the Tema Port for repairs.

The accused, Gershon Akittey, alias Ammonia, who worked as a labourer at the Tema Dry Dock Company, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy and two counts of stealing, and was convicted on his own plea..

However, Freddy and Amariga, second and third accused persons respectively, are currently at large.

Presenting the facts before the court, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Abraham Mateyfio, pointed out that the complainant, Frank Freybott, a trader, owns a vessel called Princess II, which was towed to the Tema Drydocks for repairs.

According to William Sarpong, a night watchman on the said vessel and witness in the case, any time he reported on duty at night, he noticed that some parts of the vessel had been stolen.
Chief Inspector Mateyfio stated that the witness later reported the numerous thefts to the complainant, who asked the witness to look for a day watchman.
Subsequently, the accused agreed to perform the day watchman duty, prosecution told the court.

On October 11, 2010, at about 9:30 a.m., the witness visited the dry dock and noticed that two hatch covers, valued at GH¢2,400.00, had been stolen.

A second witness, Bless Anchihi, who was formerly a watchman on the said vessel, saw the  accused stealing one of the vessel chain blocks valued at GH¢1,000 the court was told.

According to the prosecutor, on November 12, 2010, at about 4:50 p.m., the accused was arrested by the witness and handed over to the police at the Tema Fishing Harbour.

During interrogation, Gershon admitted the offence, and stated that he and the second accused, now at large, stole the two hatch covers and sold them to the third accused, a scrap dealer, who is also at large, at a cost of GH¢60.

Later, the accused led the police to the Tema Dry Dock area, where the chain block was retrieved.

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