A Nalerigu Magistrate Court in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region presided over by Robert Agbleze has sentenced two farmers to 12 months’ imprisonment in hard labour for stealing.
Jijri Isaac, 30, and Ibrahim Bawa, 21, who specialized in stealing goats at night at Bunkpurugu and its environs, were also ordered to pay for all the animals they admitted to stealing.
The two, who were charged with conspiracy and stealing, were sentenced on their own pleas by the court.
They pleaded with the trial judge to temper justice with mercy.
According to the facts of the case, residents in the area complained of the theft of the animals.
The animals were stolen at night despite surveillance by members of the community watchdog committees.
After fruitless attempts to apprehend the perpetrators, the assistance of the police were sought which culminated in the monitoring of the two convicts.
Their movement and other activities were closely monitored by the police and other informants.
They were arrested at Nasuan Market, near Bunkpurugu by the residents and handed over to the police after they attempted to sell the animals to unsuspecting clients in the area who dealt in livestock.
They prepared pepper soup with one of the stolen goats while the others were transported to the market for sale.
The Police arraigned them before the Nalerigu Magistrate Court after investigations.
The trial judge expressed concern about the rise in the theft of animals in the area and beyond in recent times.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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