Seth Kwame Sallah, a pastor who also runs a business, was fined 1,000 penalty units by an Accra Circuit Court.
A penalty unit is worth GH12.00, so Sallah would have to pay GH12,000 and serve 12 months in prison if he defaulted.
Sallah was sentenced yesterday by a court presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah after he was found guilty on two counts of forgery and possession of forged documents.
The’man of God’ was found guilty on Thursday last week, but his sentence was postponed until yesterday.
Prosecuting Officer Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Evans Kesse, told the court that both complainants, Anang Atoklo and Sallah, are businessmen who live in the Greater Accra region of Ashaiman.
He said in the year 2014, the accused had a barter arrangement with the complainant, by which the latter supplied the former with building blocks and instead of paying him money, he was offered four plots of land located at Apollonia with documents, covering the said property.
The complainant also registered the land in his name with the Lands Commission. However, in November 2020, the accused approached the complainant and requested that he vacate the property, citing a statutory declaration allegedly signed by Anang.
The complainant denied knowledge of the said statutory declaration, and submitted the said document to the Police Forensic Laboratory for analysis.
Surprisingly, the results of the forensic analysis confirmed the complainant’s suspicions that the signature on the Statutory Declaration was not genuine.
The complainant reported the incident to the police, and several invitations were extended to the accused during the investigation, including through his Secretary and son, all of which were declined. The Pastor was served with a criminal summons before appearing in court on August 7, 2021.
In another development, Godwin Kwasi Osei, 34, a driver, was sentenced to 20 months in prison by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Evelyn Asamoah for engaging in land guard activities.
The court established Osei guilty of trespassing, threat of harm, prohibition of activities of land guard and threat of death on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.
The convict pleaded not guilty to the charges, so a full trial was held.
The case, as narrated by the prosecution officer, Chief Inspector Benjamin Benneh, was that the convict threatened to kill the complainant, Brigadier General Dr (Rtd.) Edward Fiawoo over a land located at Oyarifa.
The convict, he said, was a taxi driver who lived in Oyarifa.
He went on to say that in 2011, the complainant purchased two plots of land in Oyarifa from the Mantey and Ahulu families of La-Accra through the Ghana Armed Forces Land Scheme.
Following the purchase, the complainant was issued an indenture, which he registered with the Lands Commission.
However, the registration process was delayed due to some difficulties, but the matter was eventually resolved, and the complainant received a land title certificate dated June 12, 2018.
On the same day that the certificate was issued, June 12, the complainant visited the property and discovered that the convict had trespassed onto the land, built a structure on part of it, and was residing there with his family.
The complainant, as gentle as he could be, inquired as to who was occupying the land, but the convict responded with violence, indicating that he had been placed in charge of the land and threatening the ex-serviceman not to step on it.
Following that, on November 11, 2021, the complainant returned to the property with a witness in the case, and the convict barred the retired soldier from entering the property, threatening him with death.
As a result, the complainant filed a complaint with the Regional CID/Accra, and the convict was placed under arrest.
During questioning, the convict stated in his caution statement that the land belongs to his sister, Sylvia Akosua, who lives in Switzerland, but he was unable to produce any documentation to back up his claim.