Ghana: Two Sentenced For Using Indian Hemp

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Two persons who were brought before an Accra Circuit Court for possessing narcotic drugs, were on Monday sentenced to a day each imprisonment.

Richard Asiama, Mechanic was charged for possessing one wrapper of dried leaves while Daniel Mamoud, was charged for possessing 16 wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

The two both pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced by the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh.

The court in sentencing said the test report of the dried leaves proved positive to cannabis, and as such they two were convicted on their own plea.

He said although they were both charged for possession, which carries a minimum sentence of ten years however the facts delivered by the Prosecution depicted more of use of the leaves in respect of one wrapper for Richard and 16 wrappers for Daniel.

The court said the convicts per their disposition throughout the proceedings did show remorse, and did not waste the courts time by pleading guilty simpliciter.

Mr Tandoh said the court in sentencing them also took into consideration, the three months the two have been in custody prior to their sentence.

Richard was sentenced to a day imprisonment with a fine of 50 penalty units, or in default serve 30 days in prison, he is also to sign a bond to be of good behavior for one year in default he would serve a term of 3 months in prison.

Daniel on the other hand is also to serve a day in prison with a fine of 200 penalty units (GH¢2.400.00) or in default serve three months in jail. He is also to sign a bond to be of good behavior for two years in default serve a jail term of six months.

The court later ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to destroy the substances in the presence of the Court’s Registrar.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the court that the complainants are Police Officers residing at a barracks of the National Security situated at Madina, while Richard is a Mechanic residing at Ashie whiles Daniel is a Sales boy, resident at Ritz Junction.

He said on October 14, 2017, at about 2100 hours, Richard and one other, now a witness to the case, were arrested by the complainants, when they were found smoking some dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp behind the barracks of the complainants.

The Prosecution said Richard and the other managed to hide the pieces of dried leaves they were smoking, but when they were searched a wrap each was found on them.

Mr Adu told the court that, while they were in custody, the witness opted to lead the police to where they got the drugs from.

He led the police to Ritz Junction, where he identified Daniel as the one from whom they bought the stuff.

Daniel was apprehended and when his premise was searched, 16 wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs were found.

According to the Prosecutor, Daniel claimed ownership of the substance and was escorted to the police and detained for investigations.

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