- 4 men have been jailed a total of 16 years for illegal mining
- They all pleaded not guilty to commit crime and mining without license
Four men have been imprisoned for a total of 16 years for illegally mining in the Atewa forest.
A Koforidua circuit court, presided over by Her Honour, Mercy Adei Kotei, passed the sentence.
The convicts were also fined 12 thousand penalty units, which is equivalent to GH¢ 96,000.00.
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The convicts, Kwaku Ampaabeng, Kwabena Apaw, Evans Ahenkorah, and Yaw Effah Boateng, all pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit crime and mining without license contrary to Section 23(1) of Act 29.
The prosecutor, an assistant state attorney, Dickson Donkor told the Court the four men were reported by a Forestry Services official in charge of the Atewa Range Forest Reserve.
“The illegal miners cumulatively destroyed about 15 hectares of the forest reserve. The arresting officers retrieved seven water pumping machines, pick axe, four metal buckets, a washing carpet, shovel and a head pan,” he narrated.
Per a report by Adomonline.com, the convicts before their sentence pleaded to the court to forgive them with the excuse that they engaged in the act to get money to feed themselves and their families.
However, the judge declared a four-year imprisonment and additionally charged them 12 thousand penalty units each.
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