Lady jailed for stealing Ghc4.6k from a miner
In a significant turn of events, a 25-year-old unemployed woman named Queenstabel Mintah found herself facing a two-month prison sentence handed down by the esteemed Tarkwa District court.
Her conviction arose from a distressing incident that occurred on November 7, 2022, at the Tarkwa Railway station in the early hours of the morning, around 4:30 am.
It was at this unfortunate hour that Queenstabel, accompanied by her accomplice, Maame Yaa, committed a heinous act against a small-scale miner named Eric Ankomah.
During the incident, Eric happened to be in possession of an amount totaling Ghc4,600, undoubtedly a significant sum.
Seizing the opportunity, Queenstabel and Maame Yaa launched an aggressive attack on Eric, effectively overpowering him and absconding with the substantial sum of money.
Their sudden disappearance left Eric in a state of shock and distress, prompting him to take immediate action.
Without delay, Eric reported the robbery to the Tarkwa Police, providing them with all the pertinent details surrounding the incident.
The authorities swiftly commenced their investigation, determined to bring the perpetrators to justice and retrieve the stolen funds.
Unfortunately, their efforts to locate Queenstabel and Maame Yaa proved unfruitful as the duo managed to elude capture and evade the clutches of the law.
Months passed, and on April 11, 2023, a remarkable twist of fate occurred. Eric unexpectedly spotted Queenstabel in the bustling Tarkwa township.
Seizing the opportunity, he enlisted the help of concerned citizens who rallied together to ensure the swift arrest of the accused woman.
This apprehension marked a significant breakthrough in the case, as Queenstabel was finally within the grasp of justice.
The subsequent court proceedings shed light on Queenstabel’s level of culpability, as she pleaded guilty to the charges levied against her.
Her admission of guilt left little room for doubt or contestation. Presiding over the case with fairness and impartiality, Judge Charles Owusu Ansah thoroughly evaluated the evidence presented before him.
Taking into account the severity of the crime and Queenstabel’s acknowledgment of her actions, the judge delivered a verdict of conviction.
To further emphasize the gravity of the offense and deter future transgressions, Judge Ansah imposed a fine of Ghc 1,080 on Queenstabel.
The judge, recognizing the potential challenges Queenstabel may face in paying the fine, provided an alternative: serving an additional two-month prison sentence if the fine was not paid.
This dual punishment aimed to impress upon Queenstabel the consequences of her actions, encouraging remorse and a commitment to make amends.
Regrettably, the wheels of justice have yet to fully turn, as Queenstabel’s accomplice, Maame Yaa, remains at large. Despite exhaustive efforts by law enforcement to locate and apprehend her, Maame Yaa’s elusive nature continues to frustrate their endeavors.
Nevertheless, the authorities maintain their resolve to bring her to justice and ensure that all responsible parties face the appropriate consequences for their actions.