Bolgatanga: Three charged for environmental related offences
| Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 8:00am
Three persons have been arraigned before the Bolgatanga Magistrate Court by the Municipal Assembly for various environmental offences.
In February this year, the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council issued a directive to the environmental sanitation office of the Assembly to clamp down on individuals cited for environmental related offences.
The directive comes in the wake of the region scoring zero in last year’s sanitation league table.
The three were among six persons charged by the court.
They are Sunday Anabire, Douglas Adombire and Ayindoo Richard aged between 26 and 40. The accused persons on Thursday appeared before the Presiding Judge Osman Abdul-Hakeem.
The prosecutor, Mr. Evans Bornaa of the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly, told the court that one of the accused, Mr. Anabire was charged with three counts of processing and selling donkey meat without medical certificate, operating in an insanitary environment, and verbally assaulting the environmental officers in the course of discharging their official duties.
Though Mr. Anabire pleaded guilty with explanations, his plea was not taken.
He was however, found guilty and asked to pay a sum of seven hundred Ghana cedis.
An amount of five hundred Ghana cedis will go to the court and the remaining goes to the Municipal Assembly as compensation.
In default, he will serve a three month jail sentence.
Mr. Anabire was also asked to be of good behaviour.
The other two, Douglas Adombire and Richard Ayindoo, both landlords were charged on the same counts for not having toilets in their homes.
They were subsequently charged for entertaining stagnant water behind their houses upon several warnings.
They both pleaded guilty to the charges and were fined inversely by the Presiding Judge.
Mr. Douglas Adombire was charged five hundred Ghana cedis. Richard Ayindoo on the other hand was asked to pay seven hundred Ghana cedis.
In default, the two will serve three months imprisonment.
The court moreover instructed them to provide places of convenience in their homes or face prosecution.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor has been issued with a bench warrant to cause the arrest of the other three that did not show up in court.