High Court Sentences Farmer to Death
2005-06-08 14:58:24This article has been read 921 times.The Tamale High Court has sentenced a 27-year-old farmer to death by hanging for murdering a man over a piece of land at Nacham, a village near Gushegu in the Northern Region.
The convict, Abdulai Ajuba, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.
However, a seven-member jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder.
An Assistant State Attorney, Mr Salia Abdul Quddus, told the court, presided over by the Supervising High Court judge for the Northern Region, Mr Justice V.C Doegah, that since 1997, the family of the convict had been engaged in a land dispute with the family of the deceased, Wajabik Papaga.
According to Mr Quddus,the convictâ€™s family ordered the deceasedâ€™s family to vacate the land on which the deceased and his family were farming.
However, the deceased and his family refused to vacate the land, claiming that they were also natives of Nacham.
The prosecution said the matter was then reported to the chief of the village, who ruled in favour of the deceased.
The convict and his family, however, continued with their threats of death on Papagaâ€™s family if they did not vacate the property.
The Assistant State Attorney said on April 13, 1999, members of the two families visited a market at Nabuli, also near Gushegu, and immediately the convict and his family saw the deceased and his family, they raised the topic of the dispute again, resulting in a confrontation.
According to Mr Quddus the convict and some of his brothers went to a nearby house and armed themselves with offensive weapons.
The prosecution said with such weapons, they attacked the deceased and his family and, in the process, the convict hit the deceased in the head three times with a cudgel.
Papaga fell down unconscious and he was rushed to the Baptist Medical Centre at Nalerigu, where he was admitted. He died on April 15, 1999.
The convict, upon hearing the death of the deceased, fled to Barkossi in northern Togo.
When he finally returned home on January 15, 2001, he was arrested by the assembly member for Nacham, who in turn handed him over to the police.