The driver of a lawyer, who was exposed by the closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Camera, installed in a lawyer’s chambers when stole an amount of GH¢28,650.00 from a safe has been sentenced to five years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court.
Musah Addo, 43, who had been employed by Lawyer Sam Seth Woode for six years, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, unlawful entry and stealing.
Musah was seen in the video removing and pocketing part of an amount of GH¢40,000.00, which had been kept in two separate envelopes, leading to his prosecution.
His alleged accomplices, Edward Yartey, 50, security man and Kwabena Boateng, 49, a driver, whom Musah gave out some of the money, were acquitted and discharged.
The Court ruled that the facts of the case did not link Yartey and Boateng to the act.
Musah and Yartey had also denied acting together to steal, thus both were discharged on that count.
Boateng, however, admitted receiving GH¢400.00 each, from Musah and Yartey and has since refunded the money to the police.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr Man-Anit Sampana, told the Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that Lawyer Woode has his Chambers located at Adabraka, a suburb of Accra.
Both Musah and Boateng lived at Madina whilst Lartey resides at Adabraka in Accra.
On March 9, the complainant put two envelopes, each containing GH¢20,000.00 in a safe in his office.
The next day, Mr Woode reported to work only to find his safe had been broken into and one of the envelopes taken whilst the other was opened with only GH¢11,440.00 left in it.
With the assistance of his secretary, an inventory was taken and when the CCTV footage was played in the presence of other witnesses, it revealed Musah stealing the money.
This led to his arrest and in his caution statement, he admitted stealing only GH¢1,000.00 and mentioned his accomplices for receiving part of the stolen money.
Upon his arrest, Yartey told the police he did not take part in the act but was given GH¢500.00 by Musah to settle his funeral debt.
It also came out that Musah and Yartey gave GH¢800.00 to Boateng to be given to the lawyer (complainant) through one Joseph Kofi Quansah but Boateng kept the money to himself.
After further probing, they were charged and put before court.