Two cable thieves, Mohammed Hudu, 21, and Alhassan Abubakar 22, have been sentenced to a total of 27 years imprisonment in hard labour.
They were sentenced 12 and 15 years respectively by an Asokwa Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. Fred Obikyere, last week.
The convicts admitted on oath for conspiring and stealing cables valued at GH¢25,000.
Prosecuting the case, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Stephen Ofori said the complainant was Benjamin Boateng, a pastor of the Truth Faith Church International at Ahinsan in Kumasi, and had an ongoing housing project at Sewuah New Site.
The convicts, he said, were scrap dealers and residents of Aboabo Dagomba Line.
For some time, the complainant was experiencing a series of thefts at his said site, and several efforts made to curtail the situation proved futile, he said.
ASP Ofori further said on April 13, 2023, at about 10:00 hours, the Asokwa Police Day Patrol Team, in the course of their patrols, arrested the convicts, together with two sacks of electrical cables of various types.
Prosecution said Hudu and Abubakar, during interrogation, confessed to the thefts of the electrical cables from the complainant’s site.
The court heard that they led the police to the complainant’s project site, and demonstrated how they caused damage to some of the complainant’s burglar proofing before gaining access to the ongoing housing project.
ASP Ofori said they further caused damage to the entire electrical system of the complainant’s house before making away with various types of electrical cables.
After the convicts had confessed to the offences in their cautioned statements, they were charged and put before the court.