Court sentences two for dealing in arms

By Hafsa Obeng, GNA

Accra, Sept. 15,
GNA – An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday sentenced two persons to seven months
imprisonment for possessing firearms, stealing, and transfers of firearms.

Morgbanja Moja, was
sentenced to three months imprisonment for possessing one SMG rifle, while Godsway
Dangnam, was sentenced to four months imprisonment for stealing and
transferring one SMG rifle to one Mga Morgbanci.

The two were
convicted on their own plea.

The court, presided
over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, in sentencing said the court took into consideration
the convicts’ plea for mitigation, the period already spent in custody, and
their plea of guilty on first appearance showing their remorsefulness.

The court also
fined the two; 300 penalty units (GH
ȼ3,600.00) each, or in default serves an additional six months jail term
each.

The facts of the
case as presented by Detective Police Chief Inspector Patrick Hanson are that
the complainants are Police officers while Moja is a farmer resident in
Gmalepedo, near Damanko; Godsway is a driver living at Damanko and Mga now at
large also resides at Damanko, in the Volta Region.

He said on August
27, at about 0630 hours, the police had information that Moja was offering an
SMG rifle for sale at Damanko Township. They moved in, but he had left on a
motorbike towards Wulensi.

The prosecution
said the police pursued him and caught up with the two persons on the
motorbike. They were stopped but one bolted and Moja was arrested.

Detective Police
Chief Inspector Hanson said a search conducted on him revealed a blue polythene
bag tied with a rope containing one SMG rifle with registration number M.63640.

He told the court
that Moja in his caution statement told the police that the rifle belonged to
him and that he bought it from Godsway at a cost of GH
ȼ4,200.00.

On September 8,
Godsway was arrested at his hideout in Ashaiman. He told the police in his
caution statement that he stole the SMG rifle from someone who was keeping it
in his trust.

He said
investigations revealed that Godsway and Mga had earlier attempted to sell it
to Moja but he did not settle the price. Subsequently, Mga entrusted it to an
unknown farmer.

The prosecution
told the court that, however a day after, Godsway went to the keeper without
the knowledge of Mga, collected the weapon and sold it to Moja.  

GNA

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