The Asamankese Circuit Court presided over by His Honour Ababakari Abass Adams has sentenced a 24-year-old woman, Nancy Yeboah to five years imprisonment in hard labor for stealing a three-day-old baby in Boadua in the Eastern region.
The accused pleaded guilty to stealing when she appeared before the court.
The prosecution officer, Chief Inspector Susan Nyaric narrated that the complainant, Mohamed Issah, a farmer who is married to the victim, Kate Nyarkoa lives with the accused, Nancy Yeboah in Boadua and about three months ago, the accused came from Accra to visit her parents at Boadua and claimed that she is pregnant and will stay in Boadua until she delivers.
According to the prosecution, the accused saw the victim, Kate Nyarkoa who was also pregnant and the accused said they are all pregnant in same vowed to deliver together with the victim.
The accused later informed her mother that she will deliver in the House. She called the victim with an unknown number to promise her of settling her hospital bills when she delivers peacefully and introduced herself as a Samaritan.
The accused became a close friend to the victim who is mentally unstable through telephone conversation but the victim could not meet with the accused until birth.
The victim was delivered of a baby boy at the St. Dominic Hospital in Akwatia on 27th April, 2021. Few minutes for her [Victim] to be discharged, the accused called her and asked her to wait for her to pay her bills and make some donation to her.
The accused put on her nose mask which presumably covered her face without being noticed, went to the Hospital and introduced herself as the secret friend on phone and gave a fake car key to the victim to pick some items from the vehicle.
The accused managed to steal the newly born baby boy, went home to announce to family that she has delivered but a few minutes later, the police together with the victim were searching for the missing baby and came to their house and searched rooms and identified the baby in the accused person`s room is her own.
Upon further interrogation, the accused confessed to stealing the baby and was arrested for prosecution.