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20.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Farmer gets 30 days prison term for stealing plantain


Aduku Kwasi, a farmer, who stole two bunches of plantain from a colleague farmer's farm was on Thursday sentenced to 30 days in prison in hard labour by the Asamankese Circuit Court.

Mr Emmanuel Siameh, the judge, in passing sentence said he was being lenient to the convict taken into consideration the fact that he was a first offender, the value of the plantain and the fact that he readily confessed his crime and pleaded for leniency.

Prosecuting, Detective Police Chief Inspector X.C. Okorey, told the court that a caretaker of a cocoa and a plantain farm at Toto near Suhum went to harvest cocoa with five other persons on March 12.

On alighting from a vehicle at the farm at about 0830 hours, they saw the convict emerging from the farm carrying two bunches of plantain.

On seeing the group, the convict dropped the two bunches and took to his heels.

He was however chased but managed to escape. He was arrested later and handed over to the police.