A 24-year-old single mother of 3 children jailed for stealing neighbour’s Ghc5 could not hold back tears as she narrated how she had no means to feed her hungry children on that fateful day.
Akua Akyaa recounted her ordeal to Crime Check TV GH at the Kumasi Central prison where she was spending her jail term without having any idea how her three young kids were faring in her absence.
According to her, she was working at a certain chop bar where she was being paid Ghc5 until the owner of the business asked her to stay home temporarily because her daughter who had returned from school would be helping her for time being.
Life then became unbearable for Akya and her children she had with two different men, all of whom have abandoned her.
She was compelled to pick a neighbour’s Ghc5 to buy food for her hungry children one day without asking first, and it brought about an altercation.
The argument escalated into a fight during which she injured the neighbour with a blade she could lay her hands on, to defend herself against the neighbour who she said had overpowered her.
Akya was arrested by the police following a complaint by the neighbour and was subsequently put before a court.
The judge, according to her, slapped a fine of Ghc1,200 on her and further ordered her to pay Ghc1,000 compensation to her neighbour.
Due to her failure to raise the Ghc2,200 total cost, the judge sentenced her to two months imprisonment.
Fortunately, a kindhearted individual has paid the said cost through Crime Check TV GH, leading to her eventual liberation.