Four officers of Quick Credit and Micro Investment Company Limited, Tarkwa branch, who allegedly caused harm to Michael Kwesi Affum, a security officer of G4S security company, have been fined GH₵3,600 each by the Tarkwa Circuit Court.
The accused persons; Micheal Afoakwa, 34, monitoring officer, Richard Anim, 28, Pius Abekah, 24, and Emmanuel Forson, 27, are all field officers, in default of the fine would serve five years each in prison with hard labor.
The court presided over by Mrs. Hathier Ama Manu, ordered the convicts to pay GH₵10, 000 as compensation to the complainant. Afoakwa, Anim, Abekah, and Forson were charged with causing harm and abetment of crime, pleaded guilty to the offense and the court sentenced them accordingly.
Police Chief Inspector Joseph Lartey, prosecuting, told the court that Affum, the complainant, resided at Brenuakyim, in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, while the accused persons are responsible for recovering loans from customers of the company.
He said in April 2023, the complainant obtained a loan facility of GHC1,500 from the said company and defaulted on the repayment.
The prosecution said on July 6, 2023, the accused persons were going about their duty to recover loans from defaulting customers and met the complainant by the roadside at Lay-out, got closer to him, and demanded he settled the debt on the spot.
Chief Inspector Lartey said an argument ensued between the complainant and accused persons, and Afoakwa in an attempt to seize
Affum’s mobile phone held the left arm and twisted it behind him.
The court heard that in the process, the complainant’s left arm got fractured and this made him cry out in pain.
He informed the court that the accused persons, realizing the harm they had caused to Affum quickly rushed him in their car to a private health facility nearby, but he was referred to the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital for treatment due to the severity of the injury.
Chief Inspector Lartey said a report was later made to the police in Tarkwa on the same day and a medical form was issued to the complainant for endorsement.
The prosecution said on July 10, 2023, Afoakwa was arrested and during the investigation, he admitted the offense and mentioned Anim, Abekah, and Forson as his accomplices.
He said they were arrested on July 13 and after investigations, all were charged and put before court.