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29.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Court fines mason for assault


A District Magistrate's Court at Kade has sentenced Yaw Manu, a mason, who assaulted owner of an oil palm plantation, to a fine of 100 Ghana cedis.

In default, the convict, who pleaded guilty to the charge of assault, would go to prison for six months.

Police Chief Inspector Francis Cobbina, told the court presided over by Mr. Kwaku Baah Frimpong that the complainant, Joseph Yaw Adom has an oil palm plantation near the Birim River at Kade, where “wee” smokers had turned into a camp.

Prosecution said on August 14, while the complainant was planting oil palm seedlings on a plot close to the plantation, Manu and Issifu emerged and warned him to stop work or else they would uproot the seedlings.

Chief Inspector Cobbina said complainant ignored their treat and planted the seedlings.

Prosecution said on August 18, complainant released that that 40 oil palm seedlings valued at 40 Ghana cedis had been uprooted and he report the matter to the police.

Chief Inspector Cobbina said when the police in company of the complainant went to the farm to observe what took place, Manu and his accomplish who were there absconded.

According to prosecution, on August 19, Manu met the complainant on his farm and beat him.

The complainant lodged another report to the police and Manu was arrested.

In his cautioned statement, Manu admitted having assaulted the complainant but denied uprooting the oil palm seedlings.