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Accra Circuit Court sentenced a 23-year-old girl to a 12,000 GHz fine for stealing her master’s handgun with 15 rounds of ammunition.
The convict, Shelter Fiagbor, will virtually spend five months in prison.
Meanwhile, her partner, Charles Serono, a driver and gardener, is on the run.
She was convicted after a full trial by the court, presided over by Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah.
They were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and theft.
The facts were as presented by the Prosecutor General, Inspector B. Pinh, is that two of the complainants, Narindrpal Singh Sethi, General Manager of STEELCO, in Tema, were working as a house girl and gardener.
Inspector Binh told the court that Ms. Vajpour and Mr. Serono were Ashiman but later moved in with Mr. Sethi at his home in Roman Ridge, Accra.
The prosecutor said that the two lived in separate rooms and that only Ms. Vajpour had access to the complainant’s bedroom.
The court heard that at approximately 2:00 pm on Saturday 3 August 2019, Mr. Sethi left and returned approximately two hours later.
The prosecutor said that when Mr. Sethi arrived at the house, the two defendants had left the house.
At night when Mr. Sethi had regular night checks, he realized that the HK P30 pistol carrying 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition valued at 13,550 GHS had disappeared.
Police Inspector Penh said that Mr. Sethi filed a complaint at Ketobabi Police Station on September 2, 2019, as both of them cannot be tracked at their home in Ashiman.
He said Ms. Viagpour was arrested at a later time in Agbuzumi, in the Volta region, but in her testimony to the police she denied knowledge of the stolen pistol and was then released on bail.
The Public Prosecutor said that while the police were making efforts to track down and arrest Mr. Siorno, Madame Viagpour called the police to inform her that Mr. Serono, who was at liberty, had promised to return the pistol to the police.
On September 17, 2019, Inspector Binh said Ms Viagpour called the police again to say she had found the pistol in Mr Serono’s room, so the police proceeded to take the gun back.