The Sekondi Gender Court has sentence a woman to a five-year jail term for baby theft.
A woman, Mawusi Rose Fiaku, who abducted a baby in Takoradi has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Sekondi Gender Court.
Rose and her suspected accomplice, also her boyfriend, Lawson Lartey, were charged with child stealing and abetment of crime.
The two were arrested by the Western Regional SWAT at Effiakuma-Takoradi, in possession of one-year-old Francis Mawusi Ahiabenu, stolen from his mother at the Takoradi Market Circle in March 2019.
Her boyfriend, Lawson Lartey, who pleaded not guilty was given a bail of ten thousand Ghana Cedis with two sureties in court after he denied having any knowledge of the incident.
Mawusi on the other hand pleaded guilty to the charges.
Judge Abena Agyin Doku presided over the case and ordered Mawusi Rose Fiaku to undergo a psychiatric test.
Mawusi had previously told the court she’s had a baby before but subsequently denied ever having a child which necessitated a psychiatric check-up.
She was directed to go through the psychiatric test after her mother admitted Rose had been acting out of place even before the baby theft.
Mawusi’s boyfriend, Lawson Lartey, the second accused person was not asked any question by the court but was however given bail in the sum of GHC10,000 with two sureties to reappear in court on Friday April 26, 2019 [today].
The baby boy, a year old, was kidnapped from his mother at the Takoradi Market Circle.
Installed CCTV cameras being used by a cluster of banks in the area captured the woman leaving the market with the child in her arms.
The incident first occurred at about 4:30 pm in front of the Market Circle Post Office and not long after, reported to the Market Circle Police.
The rescued baby has been sent to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital for medical examination.
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