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Pastor jailed for fraud | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Hafsa
Obeng, GNA

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA – A Pastor, Joshua Okpoti
Sowah, was on Wednesday sentenced to 24 months imprisonment by an Accra Circuit
Court on the charges of fraudulent transaction of land.

Pastor Joshua unlawfully entered a land at
Oyarifa belonging to one Patrick Kuntor, and did make a grant of two plots of
the land to one Bernice Nkansah at a cost of GH¢80,000.00.

He is to serve 24 months in prison in hard
labour for fraudulent transaction, and to pay a fine of 25 penalty units for
trespassing.

The court presided over by Mr M. E Essandoh
also ordered Pastor Joshua to compensate the complainant with an amount of Gh¢30,000.00.

In sentencing the court said the prosecution
was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was never the owner
of the land but went ahead to sell it to Bernice.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Francis
Tassan told the court that the complainant, Patrick Kuntor is a consultant,
while the convict Joshua, is a Pastor.

He said in 2009, the complainant purchased a
parcel of land located at Oyarifa and registered it at the Lands Commission in
that same year, and was issued with a Land certificate in 2010.

The prosecution said the complainant travelled
and returned in May 2016 and detected that someone has trespassed on the land
and developing same. A report was made and parties were invited over to the
police station.

Police Chief Inspector Tassan said Beatrice
mentioned the convict as the one who sold the land to her, so Pastor Joshua was
invited severally but he refused to go, using a medical condition as an excuse.

He told the court that during investigation,
it was revealed that, Pastor Joshua has no documents covering the land and was
not the rightful owner of the land to go ahead and disposed of it.

According to the prosecution, a search
conducted by the police at the lands commission on May 19, 2016 confirmed the
complainant as the rightful owner of the land.

GNA

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