42 years old Mawusi Rose pleaded guilty of child stealing, when she was put before the Takoradi Circuit Court yesterday. She, however, pleaded for clemency, saying she did not know why she stole the child.
Her accomplice, Lawson Lartey, 32, would not accept the charge of abetment of crime slapped on him, and was remanded into custody until April 5, when he would make a second appearance.
The Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs. Oppong Abena Adjin-Doku, however, convicted the first accused – Mawusi Rose – on her own plea, but deferred sentence to enable the authorities to conduct a pregnancy test on her.
The suspect had told the court she was pregnant after the court had convicted her on her own plea.
A few minutes later, she changed her statement to say that she might have lost the pregnancy because of the brutalities visited on her by the arresting officers.
Mrs. Oppong Abena Adjin-Doku, Presiding Judge, however, assured her that she had the backing of the law, and that a pregnancy test would be conducted before she (judge) sentences her.
In the case of the second accused, Lartey Lawson, his counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Arthur, pleaded with the court to grant him bail, and that his client’s involvement in the case was bizarre and unfortunate.
Counsel Arthur told the court the first accused misled his client, who she was dating, to believe that the one-year-old baby was his (accused) child.
According to counsel, his client travelled, and upon his return, Mawusi Rose (1st accused) presented the child to him as his own biological son, and he also named him Ibrahim. The second accused, after the naming ceremony, paraded the child as his son to the neighbours.
Based on this, counsel argued that his client had not committed any offence and pleaded with the court to grant him bail. He also told the court that the charge slapped on his client was bailable, and, therefore, deserved to be granted bail.
But the Prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Veronica Tipson, objected to the bail application on the grounds of the accomplice’s own safety and security.
The court consequently denied the accomplice bail and adjourned the case to April 5, 2019.
Presenting the facts of the case, Prosecutor Tipson told the court that on March 22, Mawusi Rose engaged in a hearty conversation with the complainant in the Ewe language at the Market Circle, where the Complainant sells.
The suspect then requested her (baby’s biological mother) to present her one-year-old baby to her so that the complainant could easily serve her customers.
Mawusi, she continued, took the baby together with a three-year-old child to a nearby seller. She returned with the three-year-old boy with the excuse that the one-year-old baby boy was with the seller. She then bolted with the baby.
A complaint was lodged before the police.
The prosecutor said on March 26, this year, the police had credible information that the suspect had been spotted around Effiakuma Zongo with the baby.
When the police got there, the suspect earlier denied the presence of the baby boy, but later caved in after interrogation.
She was then charged with the offense.