Kade, Aug. 29, GNA- Lawrence Opata, a 37-year-old welder, has been fined of GHÂ¢ 360 by the Kade District Magistrate™s court, for stealing two empty barrels valued at GHÂ¢ 200.00.
In default, he would be imprisoned for six months in hard labour.
Opata sold the stolen barrels to a palm-wine tapper, Emmanuel Nyatsikor, aged 37, who was also charged for dishonestly receiving the barrels.
Nyatsikor pleaded guilty and was granted bail in the sum of GHÂ¢ 1,000.00 with two surety to re-appear in court on September 6.
Police Sergeant Ambrose Akpable, told the court presided over by Mr Abdul Majid Iliasu that on July 25, Opata stole one of the barrels belonging to a farmer, Nti Richard, on his Akakom farmland.
He said Opata went to the house of the second complainant, Yaw Nyanor, at Abaam and stole another barrel.
All efforts made by the complainants to trace their barrels proved futile and therefore went and lodged a complaint to the police.
Subsequently, Opata was arrested at Abaam by the complainants and they sent him to the police station at Asuom.
Upon interrogation, he led the police to Krankran, a remote farmland between Abaam and Darman, where the two barrels, valued at GHÂ¢ 100.00 each, were retrieved from the palm-wine tapper who was also arrested.