Two fishermen have been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment each by a Donkorkrom District Magistrate’s Court for attempting to sell a 40-year-old Evans Kuma for GH¢12,000.
The two fishermen, Joshua Kpodo and James Djagletey, both aged 28, pleaded guilty to the charge of trading in human beings and were accordingly, convicted on their own plea by the court, presided over by Mr. Anthony Abebresse.
Chief Inspector Fred Gyimah, the prosecutor said, the two fishermen lived at Kwahu Adawso in the Kwahu South District.
He said about two weeks ago, they attended a funeral at Ekye Amanfrom and approached the Afram Plains North District Co-ordinator of The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Mr. Timothy Gborgla, and hold him that they had heard that one Gambo was trading in human beings, and wanted to know if he was the one as they had someone to offer.
The prosecutor said, Mr. Gborgla impersonated the said Gambo saying he traded in human beings for ritual purposes, consequently, Kpodo and Djagletey opened negotiations with him and settled on GH¢12,000.
Chief Inspector Gyimah said, Mr. Gborgla, secretly recorded the negotiations on his mobile phone, and before they parted, both parties exchanged phone numbers.
The following day, the two fishermen called Mr. Gborgla to inform him that they were bringing one person to him at Ekye Amanfrom where he (Gborgla) lived.
The prosecutor said, the accused persons, on arrival at Ekye Amanfrom with Kuma, took him to a hotel where they gave him a quantity of local gin (akpeteshie) which made him intoxicated.
He said the fishermen then invited Mr. Gborgla to the hotel to pay the amount and take the victim away.
Gborgla who had alerted the police went to the hotel and in the process of efffecting the payment, the police arrived and arrested the two fishermen.—GNA