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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Source: GNA

Court convicts two traders for causing waste

A Hohoe Magistrate Court has convicted two traders, Alimatu Issa and Salamatu Iddrisu to a fine of GH¢1,200 each for diverting waste bathhouse water into open drains.

The traders, who were convicted on their own pleas would each serve six months imprisonment if they default in the payment of the fine.

Mr. Frank Azila-Gbettor, Chief Environmental Health Assistant at the Hohoe Municipal Assembly, prosecuting, told the court presided over by Madam Edith Lucy Dzormeku that, the two reside at Sabon Zongo in Hohoe.

He said on July 9, 2020, officers from the Assembly’s Environmental Office went on an inspection and detected that the occupants directed their waste bathhouse water into drains, which flowed into the River Dayi.

Mr. Azila-Gbettor said the two convicts were educated and advised to construct a soakaway for their wastewater.

The Prosecution said several follow-ups by Officers to ensure compliance proved futile adding that, the non-compliance from the convicts could lead to microbial infections including a cholera outbreak, hence the arraignment.

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