- A crippled man, Kwesi Appiah has regretted selling ‘wee’ for survival
- He was handed a 10-year jail term and has since served three years
- Kwesi Appiah is pleading for his jail term to be reduced
Mr. Kwesi Appiah, a crippled man who has been handed a 10-year jail term is pleading for his punishment to be reduced.
He was jailed after being caught trading in Indian Hemps, popularly called ‘wee’; and has served three years.
According the crippled man, he has regretted his actions but pleading with authorities to have his punishment reduced.
Kwesi Appiah who has stated that he is an orphan said he had no helper to depend on for his daily survival; therefore he took to selling the criminalized substance to earn a living.
“I knew what I was doing was wrong but due to my economic hardship and condition as a cripple, I had no option but to engage in the wee trade for my survival and that of my family,” he disclosed.
Kwesi Appiah added that he had once started work with a food operating joint in Kumasi but they were robbed one day on their way to purchase foodstuff for the ‘chop bar’.
According to him, he did not want to join his colleague cripples on the streets to beg for alms after the robbery incident which left them with nothing to survive on.
“A friend then introduced me to the ‘wee’ business which even though I knew was bad and I could be arrested, I couldn’t say no to because I needed to fend for myself and family,” Kwesi Appiah narrated to Crime Check Foundation in a Kumasi prison.
He regretted that his jail term has affected his family in diverse ways including the abrupt end of his children’s education.
According to him, his children have dropped out of school since there is no one else to cater for their educational needs.
“Due to my condition, my eldest child who has completed junior high school had to give up on continuing because there’s no one to support her financially,” he cried.
The Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation (CCF), Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng is appealing to individuals and groups to support the suffering wife and children of the prisoner.
He also called on government to have mercy, reconsider the sentence and reduce the jail term of the physically challenged man who has shown remorse for his crime.
Mr. Kwarteng also appealed to Ghanaians to help support the family of the jailed crippled man.
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