This case is about the ownership of House No. D453/3, Knutsford Avenue, Arena, Accra, which comprises a number of buildings. It was acquired by one Daniel Maxwell Laryea who died in Accra in 1960. He was married to five wives and had sixteen children. The plaintiffs/respondents/appellants are his surviving female children and the defendant/appellant/respondent is the only available surviving male child of the deceased. They shall be referred to in this judgment as plaintiffs and defendant respectively.
The plaintiffs by a writ of summons and an accompanying statement claim filed in the High Court, Accra on 15th September, 2010 claimed against the defendant for an order conferring common ownership of the property in dispute on all the surviving children of the late Daniel Maxwell Laryea. The case of the plaintiffs in the High Court briefly stated was that shortly after the death of their father, the most senior male child called Amar Laryea presented an unsigned dee…