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TACKIE AND ANOTHER V. THE STATE

(1964) JELR 67907 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  1 May 1964  •  Ghana

Coram
OLLENNU JSC,ACOLATSE JSC,APALOO J.S.C.

Judgement

APALOO J. S. C.: Both appellants were on 19 March 1963 convicted before the circuit court of stealing and the first appellant alone was convicted on eleven counts of falsification of accounts.

The facts which gave rise to his prosecution are substantially straight-forward and are entirely free from complexity. The first appellant was, at the date material to this case, the paymaster of the Ghana National Construction Corporation. As the name of his post implies, the first appellant’s main duty was to pay out wages and salaries of the employees of the corporation. He was assisted in this by a number of officers of the corporation who were variously designated wages or pay clerks. The total amount of wages payable to the employees of the corporation are made out on a document called pay rolls. The figures on the pay rolls are culled out from what are known as wages cards. These cards are normally prepared by the wages clerks. The pay rolls always show the total amount of earnings and ne…

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