The Agona Nsaba Magistrate’s Court has sentenced 3 ex-convicts to six months each of hard labor for stealing cassava valued at GHC1,800.00 from farmer Emmanuel Fenyn.
Ernest Saakwa (35), Emmanuel Amoaning (33), and Yaw Oboom (32) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and stealing, receiving concurrent sentences.
This isn’t their first offense; previously, they went to prison for three months for stealing plantains, as ruled by the same court.
Detective Chief Inspector Aglagoh Lawson presented the case to Magistrate Victor Kusi. The complaint was filed on November 5, 2023, when the trio unlawfully harvested cassava from Apumuso Farm.
A vigilant witness reported the theft, and subsequent investigations revealed they sold the cassava in Agona Swedru for GHC1,800.00.
The court’s decision awaken various interpretations on social media. Some find it harsh, citing hunger as the possible cause of their theft. They opined that, being ex-convicts, the 3 would have absolutely no reason to commit a crime unless they were very hungry.
Others label them as notorious thieves due to their criminal history.
The sentencing brings out the legal end results of their actions, prompting public debate on whether it matches the severity of their offenses.
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