SHS student jailed 14 years for stealing electrical cables worth Ghc59k

The Koforidua Circuit Court sentenced Mohammed Maazu Gariba, a third-year student at Saviour Senior High School-Oseim, to 14 years in prison for stealing electrical cables worth GHC 59,000.00.

The ex-convict was captured on November 19, 2023, in Akyem Anyinasin, according to prosecutor Mohammed Maazu Gariba. The ex-convict had targeted a recently built two-story structure.

His strategy was to take out all of the electrical lines from the building and then burn them to get the copper.

Gariba tried to hide the stolen wires in a nearby bush after burning them. But things didn’t go as planned when he went back to get the stolen items and was quickly caught.

SHS student jailed 14 years for stealing electrical cables worth Ghc59k

He was apprehended by watchful people, who turned him over to the authorities. Gariba’s prior conviction for the same cable theft in 2020 lends more weight to this case.

He was facing a 23-month term at the Akyem Tafo Magistrate Court at the time.

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The teenage student was given a heightened term of 14 years by the Circuit Court in Koforidua due to his repeated engagement in similar criminal actions.

The seriousness of the crimes recently perpetrated by high school kids is only highlighted by this incident.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in Koforidua, a 19-year-old Ofori Panin Senior High School (OPASS) science final year student was lynched by unidentified assailants for allegedly attempting a robbery.

The pupil has been placed on indefinite leave by the school administration due to robbery allegations that he was already facing at the Koforidua circuit court.

SHS student jailed 14 years for stealing electrical cables worth Ghc59k

The youngster, Kelvin Bonzy, also known as Paa Kwasi, is accused of robbing an OPASS classmate and an OPASS junior high school teacher, taking their cell phones with them.

He was given bail to prepare for and take the West Africa Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) after being charged with robbery and arraigned before the Circuit court in Koforidua. Tragically, he later committed a similar act that ultimately claimed his life.

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