Ghana: 2 jailed for 10 years for stealing ECG electrical switch box

An Accra Circuit Court yesterday sentenced a driver and a scrap metal worker to 10 years in prison for stealing an electrical box worth ¢10,000 belonging to the Electricity of Company of Ghana (ECG).

The driver, Fuseini Williams and scrap dealer, Edmund Nii Torgbor Obodai have been charged with conspiracy to cause unlawful damage, cause unlawful damage, conspiracy to steal and theft.

They pleaded guilty to all charges and were sentenced accordingly.

Obodai, who pleaded guilty with an explanation, told the court presided over by Ms Adelaide Abui-Keddey that upon seeing the switch box she was covered in rubbish and in the bush, which made her suspect she did not work.

However, the investigating officer, George Mawuenyegah, presented evidence to the judge showing the condition of the switch box before it was tampered with by the convicts.

Ms Abui-Keddey later sentenced the duo to serve ten years in prison with an observation that the theft of gadgets and electrical cables was becoming rampant and “unseemly”.

Recounting the facts of the case, Chief Inspector of Police Maxwell Ayim, who held a briefing for Chief Inspector George Nana Akomeah, told the court that the complainant was Jeremiah Ashong, a security guard from the Dap Security Company.

The court heard that on October 2 this year, Austin Peter, a security guard with Dap Security, while on deployment at Zackem Construction near Ridge Church School, spotted the convicts carrying an electrical switch.

“Peter questioned them and during the engagement the defendants threw the switch box and fled. An alarm was raised which led to their arrest by neighbors and a knife recovered from them” , said Inspector Ayim.

He added that further investigation revealed that the defendants used the box cutter to cut the wires connecting the switch box mounted near the Ridge Church school to regulate streetlights in the area and stole them, but were intercepted by the witness who prevented them from leaving the area with her.