A young man has been put before an Accra Circuit Court, presided over Mr. Aboagye Tandoh for ‘possessing one locally manufactured pistol and two ‘BB’ cartridges without lawful excuse’.
The accused, Daniel Adjei was charged for ‘possessing firearms and ammunition without authority, contrary to section 11(A) of Arms and Ammunition Decree , NRCD 9 of 1972’.
In a preliminary statement, the accused told the court that the pistol and the two ‘BB’ cartridges were not his, but belonged to his friend who visited him and left them in his house.
‘My Lord, please forgive me. I don’t know anything about the pistol. I don’t even know how to use it’, the accused appealed to the judge for leniency.
The case was adjourned to Friday, 9th October, 2015.
Background to the Case
According to the prosecutor, the complainant, Inspector Stephen Yaw Gyamboe is a Police Officer at the National Highways Patrols Unit in Accra.
He said the accused is an illegal miner (‘Galamsayer’) at Ankaase but lives in Accra New Town.
The prosecution also stated that on the 21st of September, 2014, at about 3:00am, the complainant and his team on patrols mounted a snap check on the Accra-Kumasi highway.
He further stated that the patrol team stopped an Accra-Kumasi bound VIP bus with registration number GT 3998-12 for routine check.
The prosecution also said in the course of the check, search was conducted and a locally made pistol plus two ‘BB’ cartridges were found in a bag belonging to the accused. He was arrested as he could not produce any accompanying permit.
He added that the accused maintained that a friend left the said items with him about five years ago.
The prosecution concluded that the accused said he has since lost contact with his friend and could not trace him. The accused was subsequently charged with the offence.
The case has been adjourned to Friday, the 9th of October, 2015.