A 25-year-old man named Yaw Abraham was arrested by youths from Ayibge town, a suburb of Kasoa in eastern Awutu Senya, for stealing a mobile phone.
The suspect allegedly snuck into a woman’s room as she was washing her clothes behind her house and took the phone, which was worth GHC 1,300. He then sold it for only 300 GHC.
Local youths then caught up with Abraham, who confessed to stealing the phone. They took matters into their own hands and gave him a punishment. The punishment they gave him was unique and appropriate to the crime.
The young man was forced to desand gutters in the neighborhood and lift heavy metals in a makeshift gymnasium, while being whipped by the youths.
While some may argue that the punishment was too harsh, others may argue that it is appropriate given the rampant increase in thefts in the region. This punishment can act as a deterrent to other would-be thieves in the area, who may now think twice before committing such crimes.
It is important to note, however, that it is not legal to take the law into your own hands. Law enforcement must be notified of these incidents, and the perpetrators must be arrested and prosecuted through the justice system.
Young people who took matters into their own hands could have faced legal consequences themselves.
In conclusion, the punishment meted out to the phone thief by the youth of Ayibge town, while unconventional, sends a strong message to would-be thieves in the area. However, it is important to let the justice system take its course in such incidents.
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