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27.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Two fined GH¢1,000 for stealing a sheep

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The Kade District Magistrate's Court on Friday fined two people GH¢1,000 on their own plea for stealing a sheep valued at GH¢100.

Bismark Nyarko a driver's mate and Kofi Asare a farmer would in default each serve six months imprisonment in hard labour.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Francis Cobbina, told the court presided over by Mr Kwaku Frimpong that the accused persons and the complainant, Kwasi Awuah lived at Akyem Bomso, where the complainant also a member of the unit committee rears sheep.

He said there had been rampant stealing of sheep and goats at Bomso.

The prosecution said during the evening of March 12, Nyarko approached a driver to convey some sheep to Asuom for sale.

He said the driver alerted the town's unit committee and at dawn the following day Nyarko woke up the driver to convey the sheep to Asuom but on the way, the driver said he had forgotten the key at home and returned to inform a member of the unit committee.

The prosecution said when the driver returned later, they went for Asare to the spot where the sheep was tied and the unit committee members who had mounted a roadblock arrested them.

He said the complainant identified the sheep and the accused persons were arrested and after investigations charged with the offence.