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courtTwo persons were on Wednesday sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit court for conspiring to commit crime to wit causing unlawful damage.

The two Godwin Ayitey, Mechanic and Freedom Tudu, Welder were put before the Court for conspiring and causing unlawful harm to one Lucy Turkson and John Agbenyegah and pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The court found them guilty on the charge of conspiracy and not guilty on the charge of causing unlawful harm after full trial. They were however acquitted and discharge on the charge of causing unlawful harm.

According to the facts of the case, Lucy owns and operates a drinking spot at Kwabenya on the ACP road with inscription ?ObaaAfia Tilapia base?, while John also operates carpentry shop and sells new doors adjacent to the drinking spot.

It said the victim, Lucy has experienced two fire attempts on the spot by her ex-boyfriend and while being traced for his arrest, he escaped outside the country.

On February 20, Godwin drove Hyundai Sonata private car which was under his care for repairs in his shop and picked Freedom at Kwabenya and they drove to the victims spot.

On reaching the shop, Freedom, alighted with a gallon containing some liquid believed to be petrol while Godwin waited in the car. He poured the suspected liquid around the drinking spot, set the place in flames and quickly run to board the waiting car and they fled away.

The facts indicated that a witness in the case, a taxi driver who spotted the two trying to escape after the act gave them a hot chase,

It said on reaching a police check point the two refused to stop and run into a barricade, crushed a royal motor bike parked by the policeman on duty at the check point and finally landed in a ditch.

?Despite the accident the two convicts for the fear of being arrested escaped and left the car behind?.

According to the facts the fire in the drinking spot spread to the carpentry shop and both places were burnt down completely destroying everything.

Items destroyed in the spot include one plasma TV set, one generator, two deep freezers, one refrigerator, 40 plastic chairs, two big table, 13 small tables, three ice chests, quantities of assorted drinks, and empty bottles worth GHc 14,000.

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