A 23-year-old jobless woman was sentenced to six months in jail with hard labor by the Winneba District Magistrate’s Court for stealing an iPhone worth GH1,200 and using it to withdraw GH13,000 from the complainant’s account.
Priscilla Gyedu, alias Maame Adwoa, pled guilty with an explanation but was punished on her own plea by the court presided over by Mr. John Kweku Josiah-Koffie.
The Prosecutor, Detective Police Inspector Dorinda Azumah, told the court that Mr. Williams Asare, a receptionist at the Windy Lodge, is the complainant, while Gyedu lives in Kasoa.
Gyedu was hired as a receptionist and was working with the complainant sometime in April 2021, according to the prosecution, and they became friends.
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Gyedu urged the complainant to buy her airtime, which the complainant attempted to do using electronic cash from his phone, but it failed to owe to a network problem, according to Detective Inspector Azumah.
According to the prosecution, the complainant eventually provided his secret pin code to her.
Gyedu used the complainant’s iPhone to make calls on Saturday, September 25, last year, according to the prosecutor.
To avoid being followed by the complaint, the accused was able to withdraw GH13,000 from the complainant’s Ecobank account using his mobile money account. He then smashed the phone and tossed it away. Later, she went into hiding.
The accused was arrested in a similar case in Kumasi on Tuesday, January 16, 2022, and turned over to the Kumasi-Asokwa Police. The complainant learned about it and alerted the Winneba Police Department, which worked out a deal with the Asokwa Police Department, and Gyedu was led down to Winneba.
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She confessed to the crime in her caution statement, and she was charged in court after investigations, according to the prosecutor.
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