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11.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Farmer faces stealing, fraud charges

By gna

The Asamankese Circuit Court has remanded in prison custody, Kwaku Odartey, a farmer, who sold his cassava farm to three persons and collected various sums of money.

The accused, who is facing charges of stealing and defrauding by false pretences, would re-appear in court on March 17.

Police Inspector C.W Nuworkpor, prosecuting, told the court that sometime in July last year, Odartey approached the first complainant, Akosua Nobel, in her house and sold “four ropes” of his cassava farm to her for GH ¢110.00

He said in February this year, Odartey sold the same farm to Stella Hoto for GH ¢70.00 and Afua Asaba for GH ¢18.00 and went into hiding.

On February 20, Stella went to the farm to harvest cassava only to meet Afua already on the farm busily harvesting with the help of others.

A confrontation ensued between the two women and when they learnt that Odartey had sold the farm to both of them, they made a report to the police and he was, consequently, arrested on February 28.

During interrogation, Odartey admitted the offence and was charged and processed for court.