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Crime & Punishment Wed, 6 Feb 2008

Prophet fined for assaulting a teacher

Goaso (B/A), Feb 6, GNA - Michael Nkansah, a 35-year-old prophet of Africa Faith Tabernacle Church has been convicted by a circuit court at Goaso in Asunafo North district to pay a fine of GH¢250 for assaulting a teacher.

He will serve six months' imprisonment in default Prosecuting, Police Inspector Douglas Asaana told the court, presided by Mr Charles Quampah, the prophet and the teacher lived at Nkensere, near Mim.

He said the teacher had received complaints about a relationship between his wife and the prophet.

The prosecutor said the teacher therefore warned the wife to stop attending prayers at the prophet's camp but this fell on deaf ears. Inspector Asaana said at about 1400 hours on January 25, this year, the teacher's wife went out to fetch water, leaving their one-year old child with the husband.

The court heard that as of 1800 hours, the woman had not returned home so the teacher became suspicious and traced the wife only to meet her in the prophet's house.

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A quarrel ensued between the teacher and the prophet whose aides, now at large, assisted him to mercilessly beat up the teacher.

The same court sentenced 55-year-old Margaret Okra, also known as Naana, a resident of Dumasua, near Sunyani, for dealing in Indian hemp. Inspector Asaana said the police on July 11 had information that Naana and some accomplices, now on the run, were dealing in Indian hemp in a building at Goaso.

He said went to the spot and arrested Naana. They also found on her 71 wrappers and a big parcel of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

The leaves were sent to the police forensic laboratory and the result proved that they were Indian hemp and weighed 62gm.

Source: GNA
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