House Help Jailed For Stealing

A Kumasi circuit court has convicted a house help to five years in prison for stealing jewelry and other items valued at about GH¢82,450.00, belonging to her employer.

Fati Abu pleaded not guilty to the offence but the court ruled that she was guilty after examining the evidence.

Chief Inspector Comfort Baffour-Kyei told the court, presided over by Madam Patricia Amponsah, that the service of the convict was hired by the complainant, Cynthia Boadu, in December 2015.

Fati was fired a little over one year into the job and was paid a deserved compensation.

The prosecution said after the convict had packed out, the employer detected that her jewelry and other valuables were missing from her bedroom.

A formal report was made to the police and Fati was traced to her new place where some of the missing items were found in her room and was arrested.

In her caution statement, Fati admitted stealing every other item, except the jewelry.

She was inconsistent in her defence – earlier flatly denying stealing anything, and then shifted from that position to admit the crime and sought to justify this by saying that was to pay her employer back for her ingratitude.