19 year-old orphan, Solomon Akotey, who was convicted to a two-month jail term by the Koforidua Magistrate Court for stealing 6 bunches of plantain has been released.
His release follows a payment of Gh600 by some good Samaritans. Solomon Akotey was sentenced on the 4th of July, 2019, to serve two months jail term after pleading guilty of stealing.
At age 4, Solomon lost his mother and eventually lost his father at age 7. The situation forced him to stay with his uncle. Currently, Solomon has one and a half year old son with a 16 year old orphan.
According to Solomon, he stole the plantains to sell in order to cater for his son. He was subsequently caught by police on the Nkurakan Police Checkpoint.
On the 2nd of July 2019, police on duty at the Nkurakan Police Checkpoint found a sack containing 6 bunches of plantain at the boot of Toyota Hiace with registration number WR 844-14. When apprehended, Solomon Akotey claimed ownership of the plantains but later admitted stealing them.
He was arraigned before the Koforidua Magistrate Court where he was convicted by Judge Worship Osei Asibey, to serve two months in prison after being unable to pay a fine of Gh600.
Moved by the agony of the convict, Newsfile host, Samson Lardy Anyenini and guests – North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa; editor-in-chief of New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako; private legal practitioner, Martin Akpebu and the General Secretary of Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson, contributed Gh1,100 to secure his bail and provided a psychologist for him.
An additional amount of Gh600 was donated by Peace FM listener. The balance has long been given to Solomon’s sister, Rose Akotey, who is currently taking care of his son.
The 19 year-old orphan narrated his ordeal at the prison when he was bailed. “We were 84 in a prison room. I was nicknamed zongo. We had to sleep sideways. The place was horrible to the extent that we were even served with rashing porridge in the morning, gari in the afternoon and banku with water soup in the evening”.
Solomon added that his stay at the prison has taught him many lessons and will never engage in any criminal act again. He further stated that he will be excited if he gets support to rent a shop for his barbering business.
By: Sam-Paintsil Benjamin Brew/pinkfmonlinegh.com