Herbalist gets 5 years for illegally possessing firearm

 A Hohoe Circuit Court has sentenced Kofi Frank Adzorgenu, a 24-year-old traditional medicine practitioner (herbalist) to five years imprisonment for possessing firearm without authority.

Adzorgenu, who pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing firearm without authority was sentenced on his own plea. 

He, however, pleaded not guilty to robbery and causing harm and billed to reappear in court on November 5, and the accomplice is at large. 

Police Chief Inspector George Doe, told the Court presided by Mr Yaw Poku Achampong that the complainant, Edem Bansah is the Asafoatse of Hohoe-Ahado while Adzorgenu is a known herbalist, resident at Hohoe-Kitikpa. 

The court heard that on October 20, this year, at about 11:30pm, the accused came to the Hohoe Post Office Square, and hired the services of the victim to transport them on his motorcycle to Kitikpa and was charged GH¢3.00.

Chief Insp Doe said on reaching the outskirt of Kitikpa, Adzorgenu and the accomplice ordered the victim to stop, which he obliged, and informed him (victim) he was taking delivery of an item before they could continue the journey. 

Chief Insp Doe said when Adzorgenu vanished into the dark, the accomplice struggled with the victim and ordered him to surrender his motorcycle or be killed.

He said a struggle ensued between them leading to the accomplice hitting the victim with a metal bar injuring his right leg. 

Chief Inp Doe said Adzorgenu emerged and inflicted cutlass wounds on the victim’s head and right arm. 

He said when the victim shouted for help some people came to the scene, and found victim in a coma, lying in a pool of blood, and they rushed him to the Hohoe Municipal Hospital.

He said the youth of Kitikpa and Ahado searched for the assailants, but found a motorcycle, which was and identified as that of the victim.

Chief Insp Doe told the court that Adzorgenu, who joined the search party was arrested after a witness, spotted him earlier running away from the scene. 

He said when a search was conducted on him; the youth retrieved one locally manufactured pistol and a live AAA Cartridge and a small phone which he claimed was his. 

Chief Insp Doe said the police visited the victim at the hospital, and he narrated his ordeal and mentioned Adzorgenu and accomplice as his assailants. – GNA

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