A 33-year-old unemployed woman, Priscilla Owusua has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment in hard labour by the Asamankese Circuit Court for stealing a three-month-old child in Boadua.
Priscilla Owusua, also known as Haggar was charged for child stealing, contrary to section 23(1) and 93 of the Criminal offenses Acts 1960(Act 29), and was sentenced to two years for this. Also, she was charged for child stealing contrary to section 93 of the Criminal offenses Acts 1960(Acts 29) and was sentenced to seven years, all to run concurrently.
Her accomplice, Stephen Appiah pleaded not guilty to the above charges so he was remanded for further investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Agbeko Novor told the court that the complainant is a farmer living with her husband at Boadua, whilst the accused Persons also reside in the same Town.
The prosecutor said on 02/02/2022 at about 4:00am, the complainant’s husband left for morning devotion while the accused Persons rushed to the room where the three months old girl and her mother were and took the baby away.
The complainant shouted and chased the accused Persons but could not get help for their arrest so later in the day, her husband returned to the house and heard the incident so both went to the police station for Official Report.
The accused persons were later arrested but upon Interrogation, Stephen Appiah denied stealing the child while Priscilla Owusua also denied stealing the child and stated that she was indeed pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl at Trauma Hospital at Winneba on 29/01/2022.
Priscilla Owusua was later sent to Saint Dominic Hospital at Akwatia for medical examination and upon Interrogation, she confessed to stealing the child so she was charged and sent to court for prosecution.