Accra Mall’s Chicken Inn Manager Jailed For 5 Years For Stealing

Collins Acquah, a former Assistant Manager at Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn at the Accra Mall, has been sentenced to five years of hard labor by the Achimota Circuit Court for stealing GHC19,904 from his employers.

The prosecution informed the court, presided over by Akosua Anokyewaa Adjapong, that Acquah accessed the vault room where the proceeds from December 25 and 26, 2023, were stored due to the Christmas holidays. On December 27, 2023, around 4:23 am, he allegedly stole GHC19,904, an act captured on CCTV footage and confirmed later that day.

After the incident, Acquah fled to Cape Coast and went into hiding. Efforts by the management of Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn to contact him were unsuccessful, prompting them to report the case to the Airport Police Station. He was eventually arrested and brought before the court.

On June 10, 2024, when the case was called, Acquah, who was not represented by counsel, initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing under Sections 123(1) and 124(1) of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29). A family member revealed in court that Acquah spent a substantial part of his monthly salary on betting activities, and when he saw an opportunity to steal, he couldn’t resist, succumbing to the allure of easy money.

On June 20, 2024, Acquah informed the court that after seven days of reflection in police remand, he wished to change his plea to guilty. When asked about the whereabouts of the stolen cash, he was unable to provide a satisfactory answer.

Judge Akosua Anokyewaa Adjapong found Collins guilty on his own plea and sentenced him to five years imprisonment with hard labor. In her judgment, she considered his age, his status as a first-time offender, and his voluntary admission of guilt.

Additionally, Acquah was ordered to pay a penalty of 100 units (GHC1,200) to his former employer and refund the full amount of GHC19,904 stolen. If he fails to pay the penalty, he will serve an additional two years in prison. His former employer, Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn, is seriously considering civil action to retrieve the stolen money.

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