09.05.2005 Crime & Punishment

Farmer convicted for stealing oil-palm fruits

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Cape Coast, May 9, GNA - A circuit court at Cape Coast, on Monday fined Kofi Acquah, alias Francis Arthur, a 29-year-old farmer one million cedis for stealing 42 bunches of oil-palm fruits belonging to the Twifo Small Holder Oil-Palm Plantation (TSOPP).

Acquah, pleaded guilty, and would go to jail for nine months in default.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Henry Acquah told the court that at about 0530 hours last Friday, security guards at TSOPP saw Acquah loading the fruits into a taxi, with registration number CR 2493C.

He said Acquah, who had by then loaded 20 bunches of the oil-palm fruits into the taxi, took to his heels on seeing the security guards, but the taxi driver, was arrested and handed over to the police. The prosecutor said relatives of the taxi driver, on hearing of his arrest, searched for and arrested Acquah at his hide-out at Kofi Saah, that same day, and handed him over to the police.

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