A police officer, Ghasty Yahaya Seidu, who has been serving a 20-year term for robbery has been rejailed with an additional 15 years by a Koforidua High Court for Illicit trafficking in explosive, firearm and ammunition.
The court presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Cecilia Davis, found Corporal Ghasty Yahaya Seidu, 39, guilty of Illicit Trafficking in Explosive, Firearm and Ammunition contrary to section 192 A(1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) as Amended by Act 849 of 2012
The convict denied his signatures and thumbprints on both his Caution and Charge statements given to the police, prompting the Judge to order forensic examination by the Forensic Laboratory of the Ghana Police Service.
After a laborious examination of the documents and other documents that he had previously authored, the two experts came to confirm that both the thumbprints and signatures on the two disputed documents were those of the accused person.
Prosecuting, state attorney, Cyril Keteku told the court that on May 3, 2018, the police had a tip-off that the convict, who was remanded for robbery had sold a 9mm SA.XP Pistol with 43 pieces of ammunition to one Joel Sackitey for an amount of Ghc 1,200.00 sometime in the year 2015.
He said the accused person also collected an amount of Ghc 1,500.00 from Joel under the pretext of facilitating the registration of the pistol but failed to do so.
Mr. Keteku told the court police officers from the eastern regional command proceeded to Akuse where Joel lived to retrieve the pistol.
He said Seidu who was in remand custody at the Koforidua Central prisons for the offense of robbery was interrogated and admitted selling the pistol and its ammunition to the witness. He, however, mentioned one Wayo of Kumasi as his source of supply.
The prosecutor told the court that on May 10, 2018, the police proceeded to Kumasi in the Ashanti region, ostensibly to trace the suspect but could not find him.