THE KOFORIDUA Circuit Court ‘B’ has remanded into Police custody, a notorious land guard suspect, Prince Amartey alias Asafoatse.
Master Amartey is alleged to be a ring leader of a gang which terrorises residents of Atwakai, Obom and other surrounding communities along the borders of the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions by ejecting landowners from their rightful farmlands.
The Prosecuting Officer, Assistant State Attorney ,Cyril Boateng Keteku told the court on Wednesday that the accused person led a gang of about 30 men to invade, with a bulldozer, the large farmland of the complainant who is an estate consultant.
He said the accused destroyed a number of palm and coconut trees, caused damage to cassava and maize farms and stole 55 goats, 45 sheep and cows being reared on the farmland.
Apart from these, a borehole, tractor, roofing sheet and tricycle belonging to the complainant were also damaged.
The Prosecutor said the complainant, who lives in Accra upon a tipoff about the destruction, led a team of Anti-Land Guards Unit from the National Police Headquarters to the scene. The accused upon sensing danger attacked the Police personnel and even snatched an AK47 assault rifle from one of the personnel. The AK47 riffle was later retrieved.
The accused person also attacked the complainant and bit his right elbow.
According to the Prosecuting Officer, the accused person was arrested but his accomplices managed to escape. The accused was transferred to the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters where he was admitted to bail but jumped bail until he was rearrested on February 5, 2018 at Ofaakor Circuit Court in the Central Region where he was also standing trial for another criminal matter.
He pleaded not guilty when put before the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’.
The accused had earlier appeared before the same court for allegedly leading another gang, now at large with members identified as Akpetorgbor Dennis, Ogame Tetteh, Asafoatse Paa Joe, Samuel Oppong and Ben Oklu to illegally mine sand on the farmland of the same complainant.
The accused also jumped bail on this matter. His sureties were also nowhere to be found; luckily he was later rearrested.