A 20-year-old brazen robber, Thomas Ayamga, was hauled to a Sunyani Circuit Court for allegedly getting the courage to breach the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Sunyani to rob a bowl containing Holy Communion or Eucharist (wafers) and a chalice (or a standing cup containing sacramental or communion wine).
To add to this abominable act, the accused which is Thomas is also alleged to have stolen a 55-inch and 65-inch NASCO television set during his brazen robbing spree at the Cathedral in Area 4, a suburb of Sunyani, on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Ayamga, a resident of Old Abesim in the municipality of Sunyani, was slapped with unlawful entry in contravention of Section 152 of the Criminal and other offences, Act, 1960 (Act 129) and stealing, contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act (Act 129) charges.
The perpetrator, who appeared before the court on 14 August 2020, pleaded not guilty and was remanded to reappear on Tuesday 25 August 2020 in police custody.
The prosecutor, Superintendent Joseph Apaloo, told the trial, presided over by Justice Sylvester Nii Okine, that on March 27, 2020, around 6.30 am Ayamga entered the Cathedral to rob the objects all priced at GH5,400.00.
As to him, on August 7, 2020, after a report was submitted to the police regarding the theft, the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) carried out thorough inquiries and detained the accused at about 3.20pm.
Supt. Apaloo said that when a search was carried out at Ayamga ‘s home, the communion bowl with the wafers and other missing items from the Christ the King Cathedral was identified.
Throughout the investigation he claimed the perpetrator was unable to clarify how the things come to him.
“The convicted party or accused was charged with the charges during the requisite investigations,” he said.