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28.02.2005 Crime & Punishment

"Notorious palm fruits thief" jailed for two years

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Cape Coast, Feb. 28, GNA - Kojo Nukafu a 25-year-old labourer at the Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP), described by the police as a "notorious palm fruits thief", was on Monday sentenced to two years imprisonment by a magistrate's court at Cape Coast, for stealing palm fruits valued at 80,000 cedis from the Twifo Small Holders Oil Palm Plantation.

Nukafu, who pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea had two previous convictions for similar offences. In the first case, he was bonded to be of good behaviour for 12 months in October 2003, when he was arraigned before a community tribunal at Twifo Praso and in the second instance he was jailed one year, when he was re-arraigned before the tribunal a month later.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Henry Tanor told the court presided over by Mr Beresford Acquah, that last Sunday, Nukafu took advantage of a meeting by the security guards at the Twifo Small Holders Oil Palm Plantation (TSOPP) and sneaked into the plantation to steal the fruits. He said unfortunately for him, he was spotted by some of the guards who chased, arrested him and later handed him over to the police.

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