Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 16 August 2012

Source: GNA

Unemployed man jailed for possessing illegal firearm

Unemployed Mohammed Abubakar, who was caught with a loaded locally manufactured pistol, has been sentenced to 24 months imprisonment in hard labour by a Kumasi Circuit Court.

Also found on him were two live cartridges.

He was charged with possession of illegal firearm without authority and pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Police Inspector Daniel Opoku told the court presided over by Mr. Justice Emmanuel Amo-Yartey, that the convict was arrested by a police patrol team on August 7 at Asawasi in Kumasi.

His suspicious movements made the police to get closer to him and a body search uncovered the loaded gun and live cartridges.

Asked how he came by the weapon and bullets, Abubakar told them he picked them from the ground.