The Nkawie Circuit Court has granted a 60-year-old farmer a bail of GHc 60,000.00 for being responsible for a fire outbreak in the forest reserve of Tano Offin, a suburb of Nyinahin in the Atwima-Mponua District.
According to sources, the fire outbreak in the forest reserve happened after the accused allegedly entered the forest, to set fire, leading to the destruction of some seedlings and trees.
According to the detective in charge, D.C.I Comfort Amankwaa, a complaint about the incident which happened on the 8th of February, was lodged by the Range Manager of the forest reserve after the Rapid Response Team went to fight it to prevent further destruction following an alert of the fire.
During the court session of the case which was presided over by Johnson Abbey, he pleaded that he was not guilty, hence the court session was adjourned to July 19.
The detective explained to the court that, the team when they got to the area of the incident, met the accused, quizzed him on who was responsible for the fire outbreak, and handed him over to the police.
The accused explained that he was there for canes to wave his baskets but denied setting fire in the forest.