The Koforodua Circuit Court “B” Presided over by Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei on Tuesday, jailed an 18 year old to 3 years prison...
The Koforodua Circuit Court “B” Presided over by Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei on Tuesday, jailed an 18 year old to 3 years prison sentenced with additional fine of Ghc24,000.
The Convict,Doku Ernest ,pleaded guilty to charges of mining without license.
According to the Prosecutor, Assistant State Attorney Cyril Boateng Keteku ,the convict was arrested illegally mining in the Atewa Forest Reserve by a team of forestry Taskforce led by Palmer Aikens Amponsah during their routine duties .
The Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ which is one of the few courts set up across the country by the formal Chief Justice to deal with illegal mining cases,also begun trial on many other illegal miners arrested by the Operation Vanguard Taskforce in parts of the Eastern Region between January 12 to 15 ,2018.
Four accused illegal miners ,Tetteh Akwetey ,Joseph Kwao ,Nelson Gbadago,and Akpah Noah were put before court for mining on Birim river at Nsuapemso near Osino . The accused persons were arrested when they attempted to escape by diving into the Birim River upon seeing the Taskforce .
The pleaded not guilty hence remanded in prison custody to reappear on Feb 1,2018.
Also ,Simon Tetteh ,arrested by the Operation Vanguard Taskforce was admitted to bail of Ghc40,000 with 2 sureties .Case adjourned to February 14,2018
Another illegal Miner, by name ,Otumfuo ,was also arraigned before the Court but granted bail of Ghc40,000 after he pleaded not guilty .The case has been adjourned to Feb 13,2018
The last illegal mining case heard Tuesday involved ,accused Freeman Ahorsu ,38 years old .He was arrested at Akyem Mmooso for mining on Birim River .
He pleaded not guilty hence granted bail of ghc40,000 to reappear on February 13,2018.The Vanguard Taskforce ,according to the Prosecutor set ablaze number of mining equipments of the accused persons on the Birim River .