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18.11.2008 Crime & Punishment

Court Frees Convicted Woman

Even though the Odumase-Krobo Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Asmah Akwasi Asiedu, convited an accused person, Mama Kedji, a 35-year-old trader at Aklomuase, a suburb of Odumase-Krobo on her own plea of guilty for stealing, she was cautioned and discharged.

She won the sympathy of the court after she had explained to it that her husband who has two other wives was unable to support her and her children and received a largesse of GH¢60 to help her to start petty trading to support her family.

A lawyer from the chambers of Nana Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and co., who was in the court after listening to her explanation deposited the largesse of GH¢100 with the court in event of a fine to help her pay for it.The remainder of GH¢40 was given to the complainant as compensation.

Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Teye Kwame, who prosecuted the case, said the complainant, Teye Sangunor, was a cabbage farmer from Manya Kpongunor, also a suburb of Odumase-Krobo.

He said the complainant cultivated a cabbage farm at Aklomuase where the accused person lives.

He said thieves started to steal the produce and so Sangunor decided with his brother to sleep on the farm in order to check the theft, adding that the complainant lost cabbage amounting to GH¢300.

Chief Inspector Kwame said at 4.30 am on October 20, Mama Kedji entered the farm and started harvesting the cabbage into a black rubber bowl.

The prosecutor said after picking two of the cabbages valued at GH¢2, she was arrested and handed over to the police together with the exhibit. She was arraigned before the court charged with stealing.

Story by Ezekiel E. Sottie

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