TWO YOUNG women who stole beads and jewelleries worth GH¢12,000 from the merchandized shop of a sexagenarian were sentenced to a total of 14 years in jail by a Circuit Court in Obuasi on Tuesday.
Grace Acquah, 18, and Joyce Nyarko, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing and dishonestly receiving stolen goods, contrary to sections 124 (1) and 146 of Act 29/60, and were convicted accordingly.
They were sentenced to seven years each with hard labour by the court presided over by Daniel Kwaku Obeng.
Opening prosecution, Inspector Albert Anani informed the court that the convicts, Grace Acquah and Joyce Nyarko were both residents of the Obuasi suburb of Bongobiri where the complainant, Martha Yeboah, 65, also lived.
According to him, while Grace Acquah was the house help of the complainant, Joyce Nyarko claimed to be a petty trader.
Inspector Anani narrated that somewhere in March this year Joyce visited the shop of the complainant which was at the time manned by the house help to buy an item.
Prosecution said Joyce asked Grace to steal jewelleries and beads belonging to the complainant when the former set eyes on the adornments.
She managed to convince Grace to steal GH¢12,000 worth of jewelleries and beads from the complainant’s room after breaking into it.
Grace handed over the items to Joyce who also passed on the same products to her former boyfriend by name Moro to dispose of.
The police prosecutor continued that the said Moro after taking delivery of the precious metals reportedly sold the items and gave GH¢50 to Joyce as the proceeds derived from the sale.
On September 24, 2013, the old woman detected the theft of her jewelleries and beads and confronted the maidservant who confessed to the crime and mentioned 27-year-old Joyce as the instigator.
She was arrested and led police investigator to the house of Joyce where she was also apprehended.
Both women were charged with the two offences of stealing and dishonestly receiving stolen items after police investigation, leading to their arraignment.