Accra, Aug 21, GNA – An Accra circuit court on Tuesday sentenced Kumah Agbenega, a supervisor, to a fine of one hundred and fifty penalty units for stealing engagement and wedding rings valued at GH¢500 and a cash of GH¢50.
The court presided over by Sedina Agbemmava, also ordered Kumah to return the rings to the complainant.
In default of the fine, Agbenega would attract a prison sentence of 10 months. In addition, a default on the restitution would also result in a prison term of four months.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Abraham Annor told the court that on August 10, 2011 at about 10am, the complainant was looking for plants in her neighborhood when she met the accused who told her (complainant) that he had realized she admires plants and leaves.
He said the accused convinced her that he was a herbalist who had much knowledge on plants and herbs.
He said the complainant then showed interest and the accused sent her to Adenta Animal Research Centre where he collected her engagement and wedding and one other rings valued at GH¢500 as well as a cash of GH¢50.
The prosecution said after collecting the items and cash, the accused again took the complainant to Amrahia, a town on the Dodowa road, and led her into a bush of about 500 meters away from the township.
“On reaching the bush, the accused ordered the complainant to naked herself,” he added.
DSP Annor said the complainant fearing for her life complied and the accused used fresh pepper to smear her body and inserted some leaves into her vagina.
The prosecution said after the complainant’s ordeal, the accused led her out of the bush and bolted.
He said on November 25, 2011, the complainant lodged a report to DOVVSU and on February 24, 2012, the accused was arrested.