Two farmers in Akyem Kwamang in the Eastern Region have been fined GH¢3,600 by the Asamankese Circuit Court for possession of firearms without lawful authority, contrary to Section 11 of the Narcotic Regulatory Control Department Act 9 (1972).
The accused persons, Jonas Opare, 40 years, and Samuel Obeng, 49 years, in default to pay the fine will be sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Samuel Obeng was fined another GH¢3,600 for transferring firearms, but his sentences will run concurrently.
The prosecution statement said on December 3, last year, at about 3:00pm, there was a shooting incident in the Akyem Abenaso Forest by a 16-year-old son of Jonas Opare, which led to the death of one Paa Kwasi Goglomi, aged about 22 years.
Police investigations revealed that Samuel Obeng was the owner of the unregistered single barrel gun with serial number 47538, and without authority transferred it to Jonas Opare who left the gun at home, which his son took for hunting in the Akyem Abenaso Forest where he mistakenly shot a human being.
After further investigation, Samuel Obeng and Jonas Opare were put before court for prosecution.