Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA
Tarkwa (W/R), November 6, GNA - A 35 year-old farmer, Clement Annor, has been granted bail in the sum of 10,000 Ghana cedis with one surety by the Tarkwa circuit court for allegedly entering the Neung South Forest Reserve in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality without authority.
He pleaded not guilty for entering the Reserve without authority and illegally sawing trees there.
The accused would re-appear on Thursday November 7.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Faustina Celestina Anaman, told the court that the complainant in the case is a Technical Officer of the Ghana Forestry Commission at Tarkwa and a resident in Bonsaso while the accused lives at Wassa Simpa.
She said at about 1600 hours on July 20, this year, a witness in this case who is a Chief Forest Guard was on his usual foot patrols in the Reserve at Pillar 67 near KofiKrom on the Tarkwa-Bogoso Highway, met the accused who had then cut a Nyankom tree valued at 11,869,78 Ghana cedis into boards.
Inspector Anaman said when the witness approached Annor and asked him whether he had permit authorizing him into the reserve, he answered in the affirmative.
She said the accused was subsequently arrested with a chain saw machine, four pieces of Nyankom boards, and a bag containing working tools.
The Prosecution said he was then escorted to the Tarkwa Police station where a formal complaint was lodged against him.
She said the accused was then re-arrested and detained to assist the police in their investigation.
According to inspector Anaman, accused later led the police to the crime scene where he illegally fell the tree.