In a country with overpopulated prisons and people stealing huge sums of government money, you’d think that misdemeanour offences would attract non-custodial sentences.
But no…. the big people who steal big money are moving about in their big cars while the small people who commit misdemeanours are languishing in jail.
The funny thing is they are happy when people are imprisoned for misdemeanours.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly gladly shared a story of 5 men who have been sentenced to 30 months in prison for littering.
The Abeka Sanitation Court in Accra has convicted five persons for improper disposal of refuse at unauthorized places in the city contrary to section 56 (a) and (b) of Act 851, of the Public Health Act 2012.
They are Charles Amoah 25, Vincent Onyewuen 28, Kwame Frimpong 27, Daniel Adu 32 and Felix Chukwu 30.
The court presided over by Her worship Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu fined all 5 persons GH600 each for the offence but defaulted in payment hence they are to serve 6 months each in prison.
According to the prosecutor, Madam Delight Dzansi, the five were arrested by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA) sanitation task force on the 14th of October,2018, around Tudu and Tema station all suburbs of Accra.
Too bad they didn’t pay the fine, but instead of incarcerating them and providing them with free prison food, they could have been sentenced to do community service to clean the community they littered.
Littering is wrong, but the punishment must also fit the crime.