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Unlicensed pistol owner faces sentence today


THE CIRCUIT Court in Accra would today, Monday, November 13, sentence one Michael Kojo Treve, unemployed, who is said to have in his possession an unregistered pistol in addition to five rounds of 32 caliber ammunition.

Michael, on the first day in court, pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted by the court, presided over by His Honour, Mr Aboagye Tandoh, on his own plea.

The prosecution, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mawenyo Nanegbe, told the court that the complainants were police personnel at the National Highway Patrol Department Headquarters, while the convict is an unemployed resident in the Ashanti Region.

According to him, on October 29, at about 12:45 a.m., the patrol team detailed on duty on the Accra-Kumasi highway stopped a Toyota Hiace being driven by one Kennedy Boateng for a snap check.

DSP Nanegbe said during the search on the passengers in the car, one Bruni mod 92 Auto Pistol plus five rounds of 32 caliber ammunition were found concealed in a handbag of Treve.

The convict claimed ownership of the bag and its content but could not produce legal documents covering the weapon. He was thus arrested and sent to the Criminal Investigations Department, Police Headquarters, for investigations.

He said the convict told the police that he acquired the weapon from a friend who imported it from Italy during a visit to Ghana.

He said Michael told the police that the weapon was a gas pistol and after acquisition, he converted it into a lethal pistol to use for self-protection.

He has been remanded in police custody to be sentenced today.

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