Borstal Home inmate jailed for possessing ‘wee’

Mr.Emmanuel Y. Adzator Director General, Ghana Prisons Services

Mr.Emmanuel Y. Adzator Director General, Ghana Prisons Services

A 17-year-old boy, already serving jail term at the Senior Correctional Centre (Borstal Home)at the James Camp Prison, Roman Ridge in Accra, was yesterday sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Accra Circuits Court “One” for possessing “wee”.

Abdul Wakil Bamba (convict), was again fined GH¢2,400.00 (200 penalty Units) or in default serve additional six months in hard labour.

Three other inmates of the same correctional centre, also aged 17 years, were fined a total of GH¢7,400.00 (600 penalty Units) or in default serve additional six months prison term each in labour for causing unlawful damage to state property.

Mohammed Anas, Francis Opoku and Prince Asante (all convicted prisoners or inmates), destroyed property worth GH¢15, 156.00 .

The property  are 22 roofing sheets, 20 plastic chairs, four wooden doors, four wooden tables, five beds, three water closets, three sinks, four plastic dustbins, windows, plumbing and electrical fittings, as well as ceiling fan belonging to the Ghana Prisons Service, on November 11, 2015.

Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the court presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh that the convicts were already serving prisons term as juveniles at the James Camp Prison when they committed the second offence.

He said that Bamba, was left with one day to be set free so the prison officers on duty allowed him in November 11, 2015, to wash his clothes and have a haircut, and wait for his discharge from prison the next day.

The prosecutor said that Bamba left the prison yard for an unknown place only to return same day at about 3pm holding a black ploythene.

He said that when the duty officers searched him, they found quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp concealed in the polythene bag.

According to Chief Insp Adu all attempts by the prison officers to collect the illicit substance met fierce resistance from Bamba, but he was overpowered and the Indian hemp seized.

The prosecutor said Anas, Opoku and Prince Asante broke the doors and windows of their dormitory and came out to attack the officers on duty with clubs, knives and stones.

The inmates chased the officers with the implements until other officers rescued their colleagues, and arrested the “wild convicts” and handed them over to the police.

Mr Tandoh said he took the plea of lawyer of the accused juveniles, Mr. George Asommaney, into consideration and mitigated the sentence, by imposing custodian sentence and fines on the convicts.

By Castro Zangina-Tong     

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