A Circuit Court in Accra has convicted a 20 year old Man for possessing narcotic drugs (Indian hemp) without lawful permission to have them.
The Convict, Seidu Issah is a trader and lives at Achimota Abofu while the Complainant, Kwame Antwi is a businessman and a resident of Dome Zongo, a suburb of Accra.
The Complainant’s wife, according to the Prosecutor, Patience Mario (Deputy Superintendent of Police), operates a drinking spot at Dome Afghanistan in Accra. The Convict was said to have been allegedly peddling narcotic drugs (cannabis) in and around the Complainant’s wife’s drinking spot. DSP Mario also added that the Complainant and his wife had warned the Convict on several occasions to stop his activities around their drinking spot but the Convict didn’t.
The Police Officer further told the Court that on the 23rd of September, 2016, at about 7:30am, the Complainant’s wife came to her drinking spot and found her younger sister, Latifah Ibrahim deeply asleep. The Prosecution added that the Complainant’s wife was wondering what might have happened to her sister and she was informed that the Convict had cooked jollof rice with Indian hemp (‘wee’) and given some to her sister to eat, adding that her sister slept until the next day and she was not able to wake her up from her sleep.
DSP Mario also said that the Complainant reported the matter to the Police and a medical report form was issued to the Complainant’s wife to take her sister to the hospital for medical attention. The Prosecutor further informed the Court that the Complainant led the Police to the scene and the Convict was arrested, stating that a search which was conducted at the Convict’s place revealed 58 wrappers and a half compressed parcel of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
Seidu Issah, who was with a Defence Counsel, was charged with possession of narcotic drugs without lawful authority and he readily pleaded guilty to the offence leveled against him by the Prosecution in his preliminary statement. He was convicted on his own plea but the presiding Judge, His Honour Aboagye Tandoh deferred sentencing him to Monday, the 17th of October, 2016 and stated that the Prosecution should send the alleged cannabis to the laboratory for it to be tested, adding that the report of the test should be presented to the Court before sentence is pronounced.