A kidnapper, Schmidt Yamoah has been exposed by a mobile phone software, Truecaller after he allegedly kidnapped a four-year-old pupil of a private school at Anaji in the Sekondi/Takoradi metropolis.
Yamoah after taking custody of the child, is said to have locked him up in a hotel room, called the boy’s father and placed a ransom of GH¢25,000 on his head.
The suspect was put before the Takoradi Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs Rita Doku, who sentenced him to eight years’ imprisonment with hard labour after he pleaded guilty to the charge of kidnapping.
The Western Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent of Police Mr Rubbin Asiwoko, told the court that the convict, who was unemployed, lived in the same vicinity as the victim.
Yamoah plotted his way about the kidnap when he went to the boy’s school (name withheld) and told his teacher that he (Yamoah) had been sent by the boy’s father to come for her (teacher) telephone number for some discussion.
According to the police, the teacher readily gave her number to Yamoah, who had already managed to secure the boy’s father’s contact.
He said Yamoah later called the teacher that he had been sent to pick the boy and she willingly handed the boy to him.
Yamoah then checked the child into a hotel at Mpintsin, where he had booked a room for three days. He is reported to have outwitted the staff of the hotel when he went in with the child.
The boy’s father then entered into negotiations with Yamoah, asking for the GH¢25,000 ransom to be reduced to GH¢3,000. Yamoah accepted it and direct him to put the money under a stone at an isolated place at Mpintsin, he said.
Meanwhile the boy’s father who had earlier on called Yamoah’s number using the Truecaller, had his full name as Schmidt Yamoah revealed.
He quickly went on the social media and searched the name Schmidt Yamoah, and luckily got a photograph of him which he showed to his son who identified Yamoah as the one who had come for him,” the police said.
Police intelligence quickly tailed Yamoah and had him apprehended, whereupon he confessed to the crime.