Farmer remanded in prison custody for possessing Indian hemp

Kwasi Mosi, a 20- year-old farmer, was on Wednesday remanded in prison custody by the Asamankese Circuit Court for possessing narcotic drug without authority.

Mosi’s plea was not taken and he will re-appear on January 25, next year.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector Augustine Benyingi told the court that the accused was intercepted on July 10 at Asamankese by policemen on patrol holding a black polythene bag.

He said on seeing the police, the accused took to his heels but was chased and arrested.

When the polythene bag was searched it contained dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp wrapped in cement paper.

Mosi accepted ownership of the stuff and was arrested, the prosecutor said.

The stuff had been sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory in Accra for examination and report.

The accused surprised the court when he knelt in the dock, wept and asked for mercy saying his wife had died at the hospital and that he would not do it again.

The judge, Mr D.E.K. Daketse, ordered him to stand up and reminded him that his plea had not been taken.

The judge said the dried leaves had been sent to the Forensic Laboratory for analysis and the result was being awaited. GNA

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