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19.06.2009 Crime & Punishment

Goat thief gets two years for assault

By GNA
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Fiapre (B/A), June 19, GNA - A Circuit court at Fiapre, near Sunyani, has sentenced an unemployed man, Kwaku Abukari, to two years imprisonment in hard labour for stealing a she-goat and inflicting cutlass wounds on its owner.

Abukari pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing and assault and was sentenced accordingly on each count to run concurrently.

The court, presided by Mr. Benjamin Yaw Osei, ordered that the animal be handed over to the owner, one Apingara.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Alex Fosu told the court that both the goat owner and the accused lived in the same vicinity at Quarter guard, near Sunyani.

He said on June 14 this year, Apingara left his goats to graze behind his house but after a short while heard the animals making unusual noise.

When he rushed there he saw Abukari trying to tie one of the goats with a rope and on seeing him (Apingara) he took to his heels but was chased and apprehended.

The prosecutor said Abukari who was holding a cutlass attempted to slash the head of Apingara who warded it off with his hand but in the process got seriously wounded in the palm.

Chief Inspector Fosu said Apingara shouted for help and people who rushed to the scene assisted in arresting Abukari and handed him over to the Police,

together with the animal.
GNA

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