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20.10.2005 Tabloid News

Father weeps as court jails son for stealing

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Bawku (U/E), Oct. 20, GNA - Drama unfolded at the Bawku Circuit Court, when a father who had sent his son before it for stealing his seven fowls, broke down and wept openly after the conviction of the son. Before passing judgement, the presiding judge, Mr Alex Ofori Owusu, asked the complainant Awafo Abusanga what should be done to his son Akunaba Abusanga who pleaded guilty with the explanation that he thought what belonged to the father also belonged to him.

The accused explained that he killed the animals to offer them as sacrifices to the gods in order to be cured of a protracted illness. The Judge ignored the plea of the complainant that his son should be imprisoned for two days to enable him to reform and sentenced the accused to 12 months in imprisonment.

Presenting the facts of the case, Inspector Dentis Atigsika said at about 1830 hours on September 18, this year the complainant detected the lost of his fowls.

He found the carcasses of his guinea fowls in a basin on a pot in his son's kitchen, the following morning. Inspector Atigsika said the complainant was prevented by his son to carry the birds away, but he managed to leave the kitchen with one to the police station leading to the arrest and confession of his son for stealing.