A mason, Desmond Nsiah, has been fined GH¢ 600.00 by the Enchi District Magistrate court for stealing 40 kilograms of dried cocoa beans valued at GH¢ 304.00.
Nsiah who was convicted on his own plea of stealing, would go to prison for eight months in default.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Anim Ofori, told the Court that, the complainant, Joshua Kyeremiah, is a cocoa purchasing clerk with Adwumapa cocoa buying company at Nyankamam, near Enchi and also owns a cocoa shed in the area.
He said on July 30, this year at about 8:30 am, Nsiah who resides in Prestea went to the complainant's cocoa shed in his absence.
The Prosecutor said when the accused arrived; he met Kwadwo Moses who lives close to the complainant's cocoa shed and deceived him that he was Kyeremiah's District Manager.
The convict managed to convince Moses, a witness in the case that, he had given money to the complainant and was therefore coming to fetch his cocoa beans.
He then entered the cocoa shed, which was already opened by the complainant's brother-in-law and stole 40 kilograms of dried cocoa beans valued at GH¢ 304.00
ASP Anim Ofori said when the complainant returned from his trip, he noticed that his dried cocoa beans had been stolen.
The complainant contacted the witness as they were neighbours and he narrated his encounter with the convict.
According to the Prosecutor, Nsiah was arrested on the same day at Enchi in a similar case of which he used the same modus operandi.
He said the complainant together with the witness proceeded to the Enchi Police Station and Moses identified the convict as the culprit who made away with the cocoa beans.
The convict in his caution statement admitted the offence and said he pretended as the complainant's district manager to succeed in stealing the cocoa beans.