24-year-old sentenced for stealing a government vehicle

24-year-old sentenced for stealing a government vehicle

- An automatic apprentice, Richard Osarfo, has been apprehended for stealing a government vehicle

- The vehicle is the property of the Ghana Highway Authority

- The suspect jumped into the vehicle and sped off after the driver of the vehicle left the key in the ignition with the engine running

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that a 24-year-old auto mechanic apprentice, Osarfo Richard, has been sentenced for stealing a government vehicle.

A Koforidua Circuit court presided over by Her Honour, Mercy Adei Kotei, sentenced him to either pay a fine of GHC2,400, or in default, go to prison for 18 months.

The suspect is reported to have stolen a vehicle with registration number GV 623-14, belonging to the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA).

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Richard Osarfo, the suspect Source: adomonline.com

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He was therefore 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, said on September 1, 2018, Samuel Oyetey Tetteh, an accountant of the Ghana Highway Authority, was driving from Suhum to Koforidua in a blue-black Nissan Patrol vehicle with registration number Gv 623 – 14.

Upon reaching Koforidua-Effiduasi, he parked opposite the Miracle Rock Church to buy some items in a shop.

Keteku went on to say that Tetteh left the engine of the vehicle running, with the key still in the ignition.

Shortly after departing from the vehicle, the suspect, Osarfo Richard, was seen jumping into the vehicle and driving off on with top speed.

Luck, however eluded Richard when he was involved in an accident on the Commercial Bank street near the Total 2 fuel filling station and he was arrested by the police.

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