An Accra Circuit Court on Monday sentenced one Evans Kwame Adabila, a Vulcanizer to ten years imprisonment in hard labour for possessing eight compressed parcels of dried leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs.
Evans who pleaded not guilty to the charge was found guilty by the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh after trial.
The court said it found Evans guilty based on the evidence before it and the prosecution proving beyond reasonable doubt his guilt.
He said in sentencing, the court took into consideration the period he has been in custody, during both the substantive and mini trials which occasioned the long period of the trial, the plea for mitigation and the quantity being eight compressed dried leaves.
He ordered the Criminal Investigation Department to destroy the exhibits with the assistant of the Court’s Registrar in ten months’ time.
The facts of the case, as presented by Superintendent Patience Mario, were that the complainant is a Policeman, stationed at Dansoman Police Station, whilst the accused Evans Kwame Adabrah is a vulcanizer and lives at Miles 7 Achimota.
She said on June 15, 2016 the police had intelligence that the accused has been peddling some dried leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs at the Dansoman Beach.
She said the Police tailed and arrested Evans at Dansoman Last Stop with a black handbag containing eight compressed parcels of some dried leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs and reported the matter.
The prosecution said Evans admitted the offence in his investigation cautioned statement and was charged with the offence.