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The story revolves around one Kwabena Boateng who was given a 12-month prison sentence for causing harm to his best friend who used an old 5 pesewas currency, not in use to buy from his shop.

Boateng disclosed that his best friend used the outdated currency to buy cigarettes from his ten-year-old daughter whiles he was away. He says when he got wind of it, he confronted his friend about it.

“Kwabena Boateng has been given a 12-month prison sentence for causing harm to his best friend who used an old 5 pesewas currency, not in use to buy from his shop.

Boateng explains further that his best friend used the outdated currency to buy cigarettes from his ten-year-old daughter whiles he was away. He says when he got wind of it, he confronted his friend about it.

Not happy with Boateng’s approach, the friend pulled a knife. In the ensuing confrontation, the knife slightly cut his friend’s hand.

Boateng was eventually arraigned before court and asked to pay a two thousand cedis fine or in default go to prison for a year. He could not pay so had to endure the psychological stress and the pain of imprisonment.

Not good to take the law into ones’ hands, but at times certain circumstances may push one to make “war” to live in peace. The state could have at least provided a lawyer for Boateng as it is done in other democratic jurisdictions, but poor people hardly get lawyers to defend them in court.

 

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