Labourer jailed for stealing palm fruits

Adu Gyemfi, GNA

Kade (E/R), Sept. 29,
GNA – A farm labourer, Mahama Zackaria, who stole 72 bunches of palm fruits,
has been sentenced to a fine of GH¢ 960.00 by a Kade District Court.

In default, Zacharia,
who pleaded not guilty, will serve eight months in prison in hard labour.

Prosecuting, Detective
Chief Inspector Isaac Owusu Achiaw told the Court, presided over by Ms Felicia
Anane Antwi, that the complainant, Yaw Darko and the accused lived at Kwae,
where Darko harvested 72 bunches of palm fruits on May 23 and kept them on his
oil palm plantation.

Darko later contracted
one Kwaku Aboagye, a driver, to convey the palm fruits to his house, but due to
the bad nature of the road, the driver’s vehicle got stuck, hence could not get
to the farm to convey the fruits.

On May 30, the
accused, who knew that the harvested palm fruits were in the farm, hired a
tricycle there and collected all the fruits, which he sold to one Adwoa Serwaa,
a witness in the case, for GH¢ 600.00.

The complainant later
detected the theft and conducted his personal investigation and found the palm
fruits in the house of Serwaa.

The complainant
confronted Serwaa who mentioned the accused as the one who sold them to her and
the two reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of Zacharia.

On interrogation, the
accused admitted the offence.


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