Gold dealer jailed for stealing

prisonThe former chief of Amonakokrom, Gregory Manu, 33, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Tarkwa Circuit Court for stealing GH¢78,000 belonging to Strategic Energy Limited based in Accra.

He was convicted on his own plea.

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Florence Tawiah told the Court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that the complainant is the operational manager of Strategic Energy Limited and the convict is a gold dealer who lives in Tarkwa.

She said last June, Manu approached officials of the company for financial assistance to enable him establish a fuel business at Ref engineering company in Tarkwa.

Chief Inspector Tawiah said after several meetings and negotiations between the two, the company provided the convict with tank, pump and in addition supplied him with diesel worth GH¢78,000 to sell and pay it later to the company.

The Prosecutor said after Manu had sold the product he bolted with the money to unknown destination.

She said all efforts made by the company to reach or locate the convict proved futile.

Chief Inspector Tawiah said on October 12 the complainant upon a tip-off reported to the police that the convict was hiding at Bordie engaging in small scale mining operation and this led to his arrest.

During the ruling the judge ordered the convict to refund the money to the complainant after serving the sentence.

Source: GNA

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