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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 10 February 2005

Source: GNA

Court fines three persons for accommodating human excrement

Tuobodom (B/A), Feb. 10, GNA - A Magistrate Court at Tuobodom sitting in Techiman has fined three persons one million cedis or six months in jail each in hard labour for dumping human excrement in their bathhouses and surroundings.

Kofi Ankomah, Dauda Koolu and Grace Agyeiwaa, all from Kenten, a suburb of Techiman, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Presenting the facts of the case, Mr. Yaw Ofori Ampofo, an Environmental Health Officer of the Techiman Municipal Assembly, told the court, presided over by Mr. George Addai Krofa, that a team of Environmental Health Officers on their usual house-to-house inspection detected the various quantities of human excrement in the accused persons house.

Sentencing the accused persons, Mr. Krofa said the government's determination to bring the health needs of the people to their doorsteps would fail if people do not adhere to sanitation regulations. The court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of three other offenders at Kenten who failed to show up in court on similar offences.