Ibrahim Amidu, a 55-year-old herdsman at Zanidor near Asutsuare junction in the Shai Osu-Doku District, has been sentenced to 180 months with hard labour for conspiracy and stealing.
He pleaded not guilty for conspiracy but guilty for stealing.
His accomplice, Fatil Adamu, is at large and believed to be hiding around Asutsuare and its environs.
In sentencing him, the presiding judge of the Odumase-Krobo Circuit Court, Mr Asmah Akwasi Aseidu, described Amidu as a wicked and cunning thief who needed to be punished severely.
He said he also took into consideration the quantity of cattle Amidu sold without the knowledge and consent of the owner.
Narrating the facts to the court, the prosecutor, ASP Richard Akwasi Yeboah, said the complainant, Ayi Adam, is a businesswoman who lives at Nima while Amidu was a herdsman at Zanidor near Asutsuare junction.
ASP Yeboah said about 19 years ago, the complainant entrusted 23 cows to Amidu’s father, the late Alhaji Fulani, at Zanidor.
He said Amidu’s father took ill and could not take care of the cattle, so he introduced his son, Amidu, to Adam who took over from him as the caretaker of the cattle from 2004.
The prosecutor said Amidu later moved the said cattle to a different location within the same vicinity with the consent of Adam and his (Amidu’s) late father.
He said Adam paid regular visits to the kraal to check on the animals and by September 2014, the cattle had increased to 65.
According to ASP Yeboah, in November last year, Adam informed Amidu on phone to reserve one cow for her but on her arrival at the village, Amidu told her he had released the animals out to graze.
ASP Yeboah said a week later, Amidu asked Adam to come for the cow she requested for but when she got to the village, she was told by Adamu that her husband had travelled to Juapong to visit her sick mother.
According to ASP Yeboah, on December 14, 2014, Adam again went to the village for the cow but Amidu, his wife and the entire family were nowhere to be found.
Adam, therefore, became suspicious of the activities of Amidu and his wife and after her own investigations in the village, she was reliably informed that Amidu had moved the cattle to an unknown destination.
Based on that, Adam managed to lure Amidu to Nima in Accra where he was arrested and handed over to the Akuse police.
The prosecutor said during police investigation, Amidu admitted the offence but said some of the animals died, others were stolen and that he sold the rest at Tulaku market in Ashaiman for his personal gains.
Source: Daily Graphic
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