Turkey thief gets 10-year jail term; judge not perturbed by media criticism after ruling

Turkey thief gets 10-year jail term; judge not perturbed by media criticism after ruling

-Man has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for stealing two turkeys valued at GHc 400

-The presiding judge justified his sentence even though it was criticized as ‘harsh’ punishment

-The accused had pleaded guilty to the theft

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33-year old Kofi Asante has been handed a 10-year jail term by a Circuit Court in Duayaw Nkwanta in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region in a theft case which was presided over by His Lordship Alexander Graham.

Turkey thief gets 10-year jail term; judge not perturbed by media criticism after ruling

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The accused was charged with stealing two turkeys believed to be valued at GH¢ 400 but was handed a jail term that many deemed too ‘harsh’ for the crime even though the accused had put in a guilty plea when he was arrested.

According to the persecutor in the case, Chief Inspector Samson Oduro, both Kofi Asante and the complainant are residents of Techimantia a community in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo region.

In presenting the facts of the case, Chief Inspector Samson Oduro indicated that the complainant on September 20, 2017 detected that he was missing two of his and decided to embark on a search to find them.

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Chief Inspector Samson Oduro revealed that the search made the owner of the turkeys to discover their feathers which eventually led him to the residence of Kofi Asante.

The complainant revealed that on arrival, he found Kofi Asante smoking the birds on fire and he reported the matter to the police who immediately effected the arrest of Kofi.

The trial judge therefore handed the accused a 10-year jail term as punishment but was heavily criticized by the media.

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The judge however indicated that he was not bothered by the backlash coming his way because his sentencing was in accordance with his discretion and backed by the constitution in line with the circumstances surrounding the case.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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