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(1986) JELR 67596 (HC)

High Court  •  6 Sep 1986  •  Ghana



OKYERE J.: The accused was on 15 May 1989 charged in the district Court Grade I, Tamale with the offence of possessing forged documents, contrary to section 159 of the criminal Code, 1960 (Act 29). The particulars of the offence stated are:

“Issahaku Bawa alias Issahaque, agriculturalist aged 32 years: For that you on 11 May 1989, at Tamale in the Northern Magisterial District and within the jurisdiction of this court, were found in possession of forged documents, to wit: one General Certificate of Education ‘O’ level certificate, one testimonial from Tamale Secondary School and one Tamale Secondary School result slip.”

He pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour. It is against his conviction and sentence that he appealed to this court. The first ground of appeal is that:

“The conviction is ex facie erroneous in that the charge sheet together with the facts as presented by the prosecution and recorded by the court does not disclose a tria…

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