Ghana Card laptop thief given four-year jail term

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The 20-year-old man who stole a laptop computer belonging to officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.

He was picked up by the police at Agona in the Ashanti Region —where the registration exercise is ongoing.

The convict, Prince Kwadwo Boakye appeared at the Nsuta Circuit Court presided over by Her Honour, Mrs Winnie Amoatey Owusu Wednesday.

The convict, according to the Agona District Commander, Superintendent of Police Kofi Ghampson, will begin his prison sentence today, Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Prosecutors say an official of the National Identification Authority (NIA) in charge of the Agona Community Center on 16th December 2019 lodged a complaint at the Agona District Command when he discovered that one of the HP laptops being used for the ongoing Ghana Card registration could not be traced.

Police officers proceeded to one of the rooms at the Agona Community Centre where the laptops and other registration equipment were kept.

The room also served as a storage place of properties belonging to the Agona Branch of the Christ Embassy Church of which the convict is a member.

According to the police, their investigations led to the arrest of convict Boakye, who was in possession of one of the keys to the storage room.

The police then proceeded to his room, and upon a thorough search found the stolen laptop. They later discovered that the convict managed to format the laptop.

He was detained and was taken to the Nsuta Circuit Court on Wednesday 18th December 2019 where he pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing.

He was consequently sentenced by the court.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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