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House girl found guilty of stealing a pistol

House girl found guilty of stealing a pistol

A 23-year-old housegirl who stole her master’s pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition was fined GHS12,000.

In the event of a default, Shelter Fiagbor would be imprisoned for five months.
Charles Serwonu, a driver and gardener, her accomplice, is still at large.

At the conclusion of the trial, an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah found Shelter guilty of stealing and convicted her accordingly.

Shelter and Serwonu were charged together with conspiracy to commit crime and theft.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector B. Benneh stated that Shelter and Serwonu were employed as house girls and gardeners by the complainant, Mr. Narinderpal Singh Sethi, the Managing Director (MD) of STEELCO in Tema.

Shelter and Serwonu were residents of Ashaiman before moving to live with Mr Sethi, a businessman, in his house in Roman Ridge, Accra, according to Inspector Benneh.

The prosecution stated that while there, the two lived in separate rooms and that only Shelter had access to the complainant’s room.

The court heard that Mr Sethi left Shelter in the house around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, and returned two hours later.

According to the Prosecutor, when Mr Sethi arrived home, the two accused had left the house.

Mr Sethi discovered his stolen HK P30 pistol with 15 rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition valued at GHS13,550 during his regular night checks.

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According to Police Inspector Benneh, Mr Sethi filed a complaint at the Kotobabi Police Station on September 2, 2019, after Shelter and Serwonu could not be found at their Ashaiman residence.

The shelter was later arrested in Agbozume, Volta Region, according to the prosecution, but she denied knowledge of the stolen pistol in her police statement. As a result, she was granted police investigation bail.

According to the Prosecutor, while the police were attempting to apprehend Sewornu, Shelter called the police and informed them that Serwonu, who was still at large, had promised to return the pistol to them.

On September 17, 2019, Inspector Benneh stated that Shelter contacted the police after discovering the pistol in Serwonu’s room, and the police went to retrieve the gun.

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