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18.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Siblings in court for threatening and disturbing

By GNA

Kwaku Bright and Yaa Dora, siblings, were on Tuesday, convicted by the Asamankese circuit court on charges of intended provocation and breach of the peace.

While Bright was found guilty of threatening to harm a brother in -law with an axe, Dora was convicted for using Kerosene to destroy palm fruits valued at GH¢70.

The court after convicting them on their own plea, deferred sentence to February 25 and granted them GH¢ 1,000 bail each with a surety.

Police Chief Inspector D.T. Nartey, prosecuting, told the court that the complainant was married to the elder sister of the convicts.

He said after the death of the complainant's mother in-law, he was appointed by the deceased family to manage her 21 acre oil- palm farm with Bright.

The prosecutor said shortly after the two men had started managing the farm, Bright for reasons best known to him, stopped visiting the farm with the complainant.

He said Bright and Dora complained that the complainant was mismanaging the farm and insisted that the farm should be shared among the deceased six siblings.

The elders of the family agreed and on January 31 this year the farm was shared among the children.

Three of the children resident outside the country gave their portions to the complainant to manage.

The prosecutor said on February 6, the complainant and his wife went to the farm and harvested palm fruits and sent them to an oil extraction mill.

He said on February 9 at about 1400 hours, while the complainant and his wife were working on the fruits at the mill, Bright and Dora confronted them there saying they were dissatisfied with their portion of the farm.

They then started raining insults on the complainant, calling him a foolish and useless man and a thief.

Bright later took an axe and attempted to hit the complainant but was prevented by a witness in the case.

The convicts then left the scene but returned later with Dora holding a plastic bottle full of Kerosene, which she sprinkled on a quantity of palm fruits valued at about GH¢70 making it unwholesome.

The complainant reported the conduct of the two to the police and they were arrested.

GNA

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