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18.01.2007 Crime & Punishment

Farm-hand inflicts cutlass wounds on landlord

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A circuit court at Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region has placed a Burkinabe farm-hand, Alphonse Sambo, in prison custody for causing harm to his landlord, Mallam Haruna Salaam at Diabaa in the Dormaa District.

The court, presided over by Mr. Justice Vincent Carl Kenu, ordered Sambo, whose plea was not taken to be brought back to court on February 28 this year.

Police Chief Inspector Joseph Awudenga told the court that Mallam Salaam recruited Sambo to work on his farm at Diabaa immediately after the New Year festivities.

He said on January 10, a misunderstanding ensued between Malam and the accused on the farm over the latter's wages.

Chief Inspector Awudenga said Sambo lost his temper in the course of the argument and inflicted cutlass wounds on his landlord, rendering him unconscious.

“Taking his landlord to be dead, Sambo piled some firewood on the body, placed the victim's bicycle on top of the heap and left for the house”, the prosecutor added.

He said when Sambo got home he broke into the landlord's bedroom, stole four half pieces of wax print and ¢100, 000 cash and attempted to abscond, however people in the vicinity became suspicious of Sambo's anxiety and raised the alarm.

He said Sambo was arrested and when interrogated about Milam's whereabouts, he denied knowledge following which a search party was dispatched to the farm where the unconscious Mallam was discovered under the pile of firewood.

At the time of filing this report, the victim was still in a coma at the Presbyterian Hospital at Dormaa Ahenkro.

Source GNA

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