The Bekwai district court in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region, presided over by His Lordship Frederick A.W.K Nawurah, on Tuesday, September 26, sentenced a man in his late forties to six months imprisonment with hard labour.
Detective Inspector Stephen Ofori, Prosecutor, told the court that the suspects Emmanuel Frimpong, a chainsaw operator and his accomplice, Ebenezer Acheampong, a farmer pleaded guilty to all charges.
They have been accused among other charges of conspiracy to fell timber in the Bosomtwe Forest Reserve without authority.
Inspector Ofori told the court that further checks also revealed that the accused persons have felled six trees and sawn same into lumber of an estimated amount of GHC3,400.
He also told the court that their actions have also caused damage to the environment that will require the Forestry Commission an amount of GHC7,400 to restore the destroyed vegetation.
The prosecutor said the accused after they were arrested, were, therefore, sent to the Police and after investigations, they were put before the court.
Meanwhile, Ebenezer Acheampong was granted bail by the court due to ill-health and would report back for his sentence.
Mr George Agbenoshie, the Bekwai District Forestry Commissioner, called for stiffer punishment to persons who engage in illegal lumbering to serve as a deterrent to others.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Jonathan Ofori