Farmer mistakenly shot dead by hunter

A 43-year-old hunter, who mistook a farmer for a game, and shot him, has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000, with one surety to be justified by the Tarkwa Circuit Court.


Samuel Akwasi Manu, accused, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge of causing harm, telling the court that he (hunter) paid the medical bills of Clement Karayo (farmer) after the incident.


Manu said that Karayo demanded GH¢60,000 from him as compensation, but he offered him GH¢5,000, which Karayo refused, and insisted on the amount he requested for.


The judge, Mr. Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew, after hearing Manu’s explanation, entered a plea of not guilty for the case to be heard.


The prosecutor, Detective Inspector Clement Amoah, said that Karayo lived at Manso Amenfi and accused reside at Agyei Nkwanta, near Manso Amenfi.


The court heard that on Wednesday April 18, 2018, at about 12noon, accused went for hunting expedition, while the farmer was tapping rubber at his plantation at Agyei Nkwanta.


Insp Amoah told the court that accused said he shot at a fox a few metres from the rubber plantation, and later heard someone screaming for help, and when he rushed to the scene, he saw Karayo kneeling under a rubber tree bleeding.


The court heard Manu attempted to take Karayo to the hospital, but to no avail.


Insp Amoah said Manu went to a nearby cottage and pleaded with a friend to assist him convey Karayo to the hospital, but when they returned to the scene they could not trace him.


The prosecution said a team searched for Karayo till the following day, but all proved futile.


Detective Inspector Amoah said Manu reported himself to the Manso Amenfi police and he was subsequently arrested. – GNA



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