Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 19 January 2013
The Half Assini District Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to Sie Kwasi, a machine operator of the Eagle Star Construction Company at Elubo, when he made his second appearance at the court.
Kwasi pleaded guilty with explanation to provisional charge of causing gun shoot wounds to a farmer during a hunting expedition.
The court ordered him to re-appear on January 30, 2013.
Police Chief Inspector Robert Owusu, prosecuting, told the court, presided over by Mr Hans Kofi Kpogo, that on January 11 this year, at about 1600 hours, Madam Effia Ndah of the Isuano Village near Elubo, who went to look for firewood at the outskirts of the village, came to inform Kwasi that she saw an antelope when she was in the bush.
Chief Inspector Owusu said Kwasi picked up his single barrel shot gun and invited one Issah to accompany him to the bush to hunt the animal.
The prosecution said Kwasi and his friend could not see the animal and on their way home, they met another group of people also hunting with dogs.
He said the group raised an alarm that they had seen an animal and started chasing it but Kwasi, who was from another direction, claimed that he had seen an antelope and shot at it.
Chief Inspector Owusu said Kwasi claimed that when he approached it, he noticed that he had rather shot at a farmer Mr Matthew Yaw.
The prosecution said the accused, with the assistance of some neighbours, sent Yaw to the Elubo Health Centre for first Aid before he was transferred to the Eikwe Catholic hospital for admission.