An 18-year-old mother, Joyce, has recounted a story of how she was imprisoned after receiving a house and some money from a woman who adopted her following a tussle with the late woman's family members.
According to a story sighted by YEN.com.gh on Facebook, Joyce, who was willed the property from her late 'mother', faced stiff rivalry from family members of the late woman.
The report had it that Joyce received a 4-bedroom house and an amount of GHC 12, 800 from the woman after she passed away.
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Family members of the late woman took Joyce to court to fight her for the property but were denied any part of the inheritance.
According to the report the aggrieved family members of the late woman allegedly connived with a tenant in Joyce's 4-bedroom house to accuse her of theft.
The case was taken to court and Joyce, who had just delivered a baby, was found guilty and was asked to pay an amount of nine thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 9,000) or serve a one-year jail term in case she defaulted.
Joyce, is currently serving the jail term but it is yet to be ascertained if it is as a result of her failure to pay the GHC 9,000 fine.
The judge who sat on the case is alleged to have ruled that the tenant who accused Joyce of stealing had the right to sell Joyce's 4-bedroom house to offset the GHC 9,000 debt that was owed.
YEN.com.gh cannot ascertain why the judge passed such a ruling since we are yet to be furnished with the ruling.
Many social media users who read Joyce's story have expressed their shock and disappointment over the ruling and are calling for justice for Joyce.
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Bennyking Yeboah , in reacting to the story wrote, "A judge who is supposed to be an expert at solving cases couldnt not connect the dots... hhmm why will a a young mother with who's got everthing she need resort to stealing? Some judges should be investigated and prosecuted. When they know they cant get away easily with such crimes, they'll think twice before passing such unprofessional judgements. "
Patience Asare was curious and wanted to know what Joyce had stolen. Her comment read, "What did the tenant actually says she has stolen from her that cost such amount and her property has to be sold to cover that dept? God have mercy on us in this country."
Godfred Klugah, however, went in to defend the judge and asked Ghanaians not to be emotional about the matter. He wrote, "Don't blame the judge. The judge works with evidence presented to him or her. It is not about emotions when it come to a matter of law. However, a degree of rationality is needed in this particular case."
Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, noted for his fight against such ruling, has indicated that he was going to work to ensure that the ruling was overturned.
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