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3 illegal miners jailed 15 years

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File photo: The three convicts were charged with conspiracy to commit crime & mining without license

Three illegal miners have been jailed five years each by a Circuit Court in Koforidua for engaging in illegal mining at Tentenku No.8 near Kofi Pare in the Kraboa Coaltar district of the Eastern Region.

The convicts, Alhassan Abass, 28, Ibrahim Mohammed, 45, and Munkaila Djebo, 38, were apprehended by personnel of Operation Vanguard stationed at New Abirem.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and mining without license contrary to Section 99 (2) of the Minerals and Mining Act 2015.

The convicts pleaded not guilty to the charges. The first accused, Abass Alhassan, claimed he was an excavator mechanic hired to repair a broken down excavator.

The third accused, Munkaila Djebo also argued he was a trader who had gone to the site to sell shoes.

But after three years of trial, the prosecutor, a state Attorney, Cyril Keteku proved beyond reasonable doubt that they were mining illegally on a one and half acre land.

The facts of the case as presented by the State Attorney, Cyril Keteku, was that the complainants are personnel of Operation Vanguard stationed at New Abirem.

He said on November 26, 2018, at about 4:00 pm while the Vanguard team was on its normal patrol duty at Anum Apapam and its environs, it chanced on these persons mining illegally on a one-a- half acre land at Tentenku No.8.

He said the convicts attempted to escape but were arrested and handed over to the Coaltar Police for investigations.

According to him, the scene was visited with the complainants and it was observed that the Ayensu River had been polluted after excavating one and half acres of land.

He mentioned that one excavator which the convicts were using was immovable after they removed two control boards off it.

The Presiding judge, Mercy Addei Kotei, found the three guilty and sentenced each of them to five years imprisonment, the total being 15 years.

In her judgment, she added that the third convict, Munkaila Djebo, a Nigerien be deported to his country after serving the jail term.

Source: Ghana Guardian

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Man, 34, stabbed to death with kitchen Knife by family member

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A 34-year-old man Kwame Frimpong has been stabbed to death at Akyem Oda -Nkwanta in Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region.

The deceased was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife in both left and right ribs by the suspect Nana Kwame, 36, who is a family member.

The body has been deposited at Oda Government Hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command DSP Ebenezer Tetteh told Starr News, preliminary investigation by Police indicate that the deceased and the suspects were extended family members and natives of Oda Nkwanta.

The Suspect is a Carpenter while the deceased is a Farmer.

About a week ago, the suspect’s friend, who is a farmer in the community, needed a labourer to clear his farm. The suspect recommended the now deceased Kwame Frimpong to him.

The farmer was not impressed with the haphazard work done by Kwame Frimpong and expressed same to Nana Kwame.

On June 18, 2021, around 2:00 pm, the suspect met the deceased at a funeral ground in the Akyem Oda- Nkwanta and rebuked him for the poor work done.

This created misunderstanding between the two and as a result led to a fight in which they slapped each other.

A few hours later, around 6:30 pm, the suspect met the deceased by the roadside in the town and stabbed him twice with a kitchen knife under both the left and right ribs of the deceased.

Sensing danger, the suspect picked his motorbike and escaped from the town.

The victim was rushed to Oda Government Hospital for treatment but died shortly on arrival.

The body is being preserved at the hospital morgue, awaiting autopsy.

DSP Tetteh said efforts are underway to arrest the Suspect.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh

 

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VIDEO: 61-year-old man jailed for insulting ‘Abusuapanin’

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Kwaku Amofa was jailed for twelve months

A 61-year-old ‘drunk pastor’, Kwaku Amofa has been jailed for twelve months at the Kumasi Central Prison for insulting the head of his family.

Speaking to crimecheckghana, the pastor admitted insulting his family head, but claimed, he thought it was a trivial issue that would not have ended him in prison.

Mr. Amofa, who was charged by a Kumasi Circuit court for causing harm, acknowledged that he had taken alcohol at the time the incident occurred. He was however quick to add that, “he was sober, so he was not under the influence of the drink to cause any harm as the court charged and sentenced him.”

He said his family head had given him fake documents to a land he had bought from him. This, he stated, infuriated him to launch insults on him. “I had wanted to go out to pray, but the main gate of the house was locked. I did not understand that, so I only asked, ‘which foolish person locked the gate’ that’s all.

“That day, a party was held in the area, so I decided to go there to listen to music. It is true that I had taken some alcohol, but I wasn’t drunk”, he continued.

He said, as the incident unfolded, three men accosted him and sent him to the police station. He further claimed that, on their way, they said they “would raise false allegations against him, so he would land in prison.”

According to him, the worst thing was that he was not given the opportunity in court to explain his side of the story, but the judge gave his verdict.

“When one of them said they will raise false allegations against me, I was not disturbed because I thought it was going to be back-and forth-conversation. However, it did not happen the way I had expected it”, he said.

The self-acclaimed pastor could not hire a lawyer and was ignorant of the court process.

CCF’s intervention

Crime Check Foundation (CCF) with support from one of its donors, Mr. and Mrs. Koomson went to his aid and paid his fine for his release. Mr. Amofa thanked the couple for their intervention.

The Justice Support Activity

Mr. Amofa’s situation is a clear indication of breaches in Ghana’s justice delivery system. It is for many such poor individuals, that the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity (JSSA) is being implemented to improve justice delivery in the country. The JSSA is an intervention that seeks to reinforce efforts by the US Government to enhance Ghana’s justice delivery system by increasing Citizen Oversight and Monitoring of Criminal Cases, increasing citizen knowledge and access to Justice Sector services, and strengthening advocacy for accountability of key justice sector institutions for improved justice delivery in Ghana.

Source: crimecheckghana.org

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Five illegal miners grabbed in Obuasi

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The illegal miners were arrested at Buabenso

Five illegal miners have been arrested at Buabenso in the Adansi Akrofuom of the Ashanti Region.

The Obuasi police acted upon a tip-off that a group has defied the government order to halt illegal mining also known as Galamsey.

The police command swooped on these five illegal miners at Buabenso near Kubikonto, a community in the Akrofuom District, on Friday, June 18.

The suspects are Micheal Morkli, 32, Ofori Kpodo, 28, Emmanuel Vidogo,18, Eric Ahey, 40 and Bright.

The Obuasi Police Commander, DSP Martin Assenso, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspects were arraigned before the Fomena Magistrate Court and were remanded to police custody to re-appear on Wednesday, June 23.

He added that the fight against illegal mining has been tough due to the fact that some opinion leaders always come to plead for suspects to be released.

He warned the police would not countenance such acts.

Source: 3news.com

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