A District Court at Wamfie in the Dormaa East of the Bono Region has sentenced two farmers, Stephen Opoku and Samuel Owusu, to 24 months and 20 months, respectively, for the threat of death and unlawful assault.
The court convicted Opoku, 28, on charges of threat of death, unlawful assault, and causing harm to Benedict Agyekum, while Owusu, 28, faced charges of threat of death and causing harm.
Police Inspector Emmanuel Asare, the prosecutor, detailed the events, stating that during Christmas festivities, a football match in Danyame village led to a misunderstanding between a witness and a spectator.
The dispute was seemingly resolved, but later that evening, Opoku and Owusu confronted Agyekum at his medicine shop, threatening him with a locally manufactured pistol.
Later on New Year's Eve, Opoku returned, armed with the pistol, daring anyone to confront him. While issuing threats, he was hit by an object from the darkness, and the third accused quickly took the pistol away.
The next day, Opoku assaulted Agyekum during a musical concert, with Owusu preventing anyone from intervening. The third accused held Agyekum's hands while Opoku stabbed him at the occiput.
The convicts were arrested, admitted to the offenses during interrogation, and appeared before the court. The third accused is still at large.