An unemployed driver, Emmanuel Appiah has been struck by ‘stroke’ after he was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a court in the Central Region for stealing.
According to Emmanuel’s sister-in-law, Ruth, he fell unconscious whiles he was been escorted from court to prison to begin his sentence.
Narrating what led to Emmanuel’s unfortunate situation, Ruth said her brother-in-law who was a taxi driver came across an abandoned rusted car axle in the middle of a road under construction.
She indicated that, Emmanuel took the metal and sold it out to a scrap dealer for Five Hundred Ghana cedis.
Ruth said immediately after Emmanuel had sold the metal, a man from nowhere showed up claiming to own the axle and caused his arrest even after he retrieved the metal and the money from Emmanuel.
“The man took the money and the metal and insisted on his arrest. The supposed owner also caused the arrest of the scrap dealer who bought the metal.” She told crimecheckghana
Ruth said Mr. Appiah was arraigned before an Ofankor High court without legal representation due to financial difficulties. She said the judge sentenced him to three years imprisonment.
“Emma couldn’t believe he was going to prison so out of shock he collapsed in the vehicle he was being convened in. Unfortunately when he gained consciousness he could not move his body.” She said.
She added, “when he was taken to the St. Greggory hospital at Budumburam, the doctors confirmed that he ihas by ‘stroke’. He is currently receiving treatment awaiting his sentence with two police officers guarding him. The scrap dealer is also on remand.”
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