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12.04.2010 Crime & Punishment

Farmer in court for threat

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Kade, April 10, GNA - The Kade District Magistrate's Court, on Friday, granted a GH¢ 1000 bail to David Nugbenyo, a farmer, charged with threatening a fellow farmer for reporting he suspected him of stealing 15 gallons of palm oil.

Nugbenyo, who pleaded not guilty at an earlier sitting of the court, changed his plea to guilty, explaining that he had been advised to do so.

He would re-appear on April 13 for the verdict of the court.

Presenting the facts of the case, Police Inspector Francis Cobbina told the court that both the complainant, Kwadwo Frimpong and the accused were farmers resident at Nkwantanang.

He said on December 04 last year, at about 2000 hours, the complainant was aboard a vehicle from Nkwantanang travelling to Kade when on reaching a section of the road the accused stopped the vehicle.

He boarded it with 15 gallons of palm oil to the Kade bus stop.

The prosecutor said three days later at about 2000 hours there was an announcement at Nkwantanang about the theft of 15 gallons of palm oil around the spot where the accused boarded the vehicle.

When the complainant heard the news, he contacted the owner of the palm oil who had made the public announcement.

He described the vehicle that conveyed the palm oil from 'Oil mill,' a few metres from Nkwantanang which enabled the owner to trace the driver.

The sister of the owner of the palm oil successfully got the driver arrested which later led to the arrest of Nugbenyo.

During Police investigations, Nugbenyo and the driver were granted Police enquiry bail and on January 01, this year, Nugbenyo went to the complainant's house and accused him of falsely bearing witness against him, which had led to his arrest.

The accused reportedly told the complainant: "You wait and see what will happen to you. "

The complainant became afraid and reported the matter to the Police and Nugbenyo was arrested.


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