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24.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Assemblyman, others before court for alleged destruction of farm

By gna

Bismark Boateng, 42, the assemblyman for Assin Brofoyedur, who allegedly assisted a head of family in the town to destroy farms belonging to his relative was on Thursday arraigned at a circuit court in Cape Coast.

In the dock with him were Nana Kwasi Aboagye, 73, the head of family and seven other men whose assistance was also allegedly sought to destroy the farm.

All nine accused persons pleaded not guilty to causing damage and were granted GH¢1,500 bail each to re-appear on November 13.

The presiding judge, Mr Beresford Acquah, however ordered that the case should be settled out of court before the adjourned date, because it was a “family issue” and report back to him.

Prosecuting, Superintendent Antwi Tabi told the court that for sometime now Aboagye had had a misunderstanding with a relative, Mr Kwabena Buya, over a farmland on which Mr Buya had cultivated cocoa, cassava and plantain.

He alleged that on March 10 and 11 this year, Aboagye went to Mr Buya's house and warned him to stay off the farmland but he refused do so.

He also alleged that on March 20, Aboagye sought the assistance of Boateng and the seven others and armed with machetes and chanting war songs, they went to destroy Mr Buya's farms worth millions of cedis.

He said the matter was reported to the police and they were arrested.