Frutashi, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was convicted on his own plea, but the court deferred the sentence to enable the investigator submit the forensic report on the leaves to court.
The court, presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandor, remanded the convict and deferred the sentence to October 6.
Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the court that the complainant is a procurement officer at the High Gate Hotel at Asylum Down, Accra, while the convict is a student of the Ghana Telecom University, Tesano, in Accra.
He said on September 18, the convict booked a room at the complainant’s hotel for two days, and on the first night at about 10pm, a security guard at the hotel detected smoke coming out of Frutashi’s room.
The prosecution said the window of the room was forced opened by the security guard, and he saw the convict asleep whilst the room was on fire.
Chief Inspt. Adu said the Ghana National Fire Service was contacted and the personnel came to quench the fire, but property worth GH¢11,674.50 were destroyed by the fire.
He said the fire personnel found a quantity of dried leaves in the room, and the convict admitted ownership.
Chief Inspt. Adu said a complaint was made and the convict was arrested.