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Palm wine tapper, friend jailed 14 years for stealing half bag of cocoa


Two young men have been jailed for 14 years each by the Assin Fosu District court, for stealing half a bag of cocoa.

The two are 21-year-old, Price Bugyei, palm wine tapper and 21-year-old Gabriel Arhin who is a carpenter.

According to police prosecutor, Inspector Francis Oyinah, the two who are residents of Assin Dawomako, stole the cocoa beans in question from a farmer, Kwadwo Asante, who lives in the same community with the suspects.


The cocoa is said to have been dried and backed into sacks meant to be sold the next day.

The suspects who were monitoring the turn of events in the vicinity broke into the storeroom and took away half a bag of Cocoa, after realizing that there was nobody in the house.

The accused persons, gave the cocoa to Emmanuel Arhin, a senior brother of the first accused, Gabriel Arhin, to be sold on their behalf.


The farmer, Kwadwo Asante, reported the incident to the police, which eventually led to the arrest of the suspects.

The Assin Fosu District court presided over by his worship Gyane Quotey, sentenced Gabriel Arhin and Prince Bugyei into 14 years imprison.

They were charged with two counts – conspiracy to commit crime and stealing.

The third accomplice, Emmanuel Arhin, who sold the cocoa on behalf of the two suspects was also charged with dishonestly receiving and was fined Ghc600.


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