A tiler in the Ashanti Region has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in hard labour for robbing a trader of 40 pieces of ice cream and a purse containing a cell phone and GHC25.00.
Simon Blay, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced on his own plea by the Asante Bekwai circuit court.
Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Ofori told the court presided over by Mark Tair-ima Diboro that Sarah Ofori and Blay were neighbours at Feyiase.
He said on 15 September 2021, at about 1400 hours, Ofori was going about her normal business when Blay called her under the pretext of buying some of the ice cream.
The prosecution said the convict took advantage of the quiet nature of the area and with a pair of scissors, robbed the ice-cream seller of her items, a purse containing a cell phone, GHC25.00, all valued at GHC112.00.
Chief Inspector Ofori said Blay took to his heels after the robbery whilst Ofori made a formal complaint with the Feyiase police.
When the crime scene was visited the ice cream container was found about 100 meters away from the scene.
The prosecution said the next day residents on hearing the incident arrested Blay and handed him over to the police.
A search on him revealed the stolen cell phone, which he had fixed his sim card in, instead of Ofori’s card. He led the police to his house after admitting the crime and the police found Ofori’s sim card in his room during a search.
Inspector Blay said police investigations revealed that the convict was standing trial with others for alleged unlawful entry and theft of a 17-inch television set.
He said Blay committed the robbery right after he was granted bail by the court in the stealing case.
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