Crime & Punishment of Sunday, 20 October 2013
Source: Graphic Online
Samuel Bortey, a 25-year-old block moulder, nearly fainted in court when his sentence was read to him for selling 50m X 100m plot of land to three different people.
Bortey pleaded guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretence.
Bortey was sentenced to 48 months, 96 months and 96 months with hard labour for the sale of the same land to three different buyers at GHc3,000, GHc2,500 and GHc1,500 to the first, second and third buyers respectively.
The sentences are to run consecutively.
The Presiding Judge of the Odumase Krobo Circuit Court, Asmah Akwasi Asiedu, remarked, ‘Selling of the same piece of land to different people has become a canker in our Ghanaian society now. Let the conviction of this young man serve as a deterrent because such acts do not augur well for our society’.
The Prosecutor, Inspector S. K. Gavor, told the court that the complainants were Mercy Ocansey, Emelia Teiko Kwesi and Joseph Tettey Baah.
He said on July 7, 2013 Bortey, who hails from Nuaso, a suburb of Odumase-Krobo, approached the first complainant in her house and informed her that he had half plot of land which measured 50m X100m for sale at a cost of GHc3,000.
The complainant showed interest, and both of them went and inspected the plot.
According to the prosecutor, Ocansey paid all the GHc3,000 to Bortey in the presence of the witness after which he issued a receipt.
The prosecutor said few days later, the first complainant had information that Bortey had already sold the same piece of land to two different people.
She, therefore, confronted Bortey and demanded a refund of the money she had paid to him, but he couldn’t.
Ocansey, therefore, made a report to the police and he was arrested.
Inspector Gavor said Bortey used the same modus operandi on Kwesi and Baah.