Patrick Ayaba, the Assembly member for Teshei in the Bawku West District in the Upper East Region, has denied being convicted to a fine of GH¢400,000.00 by a Tamale Circuit Court, presided by William Twumasi Appiah.
According to him, counsel for the plaintiff sought an award of cost against him for failing to open his defense which was granted.
The court subsequently granted the relief and slapped a cost of GH¢ 3,600 against him for undue delays between him and the plaintiff who is his former business partner.
“Earlier, I deposited GH¢110,000 with the court as part of the bail conditions but the money has since been returned to me. If indeed I was convicted of such an amount, they would have requested I pay additional money to cover up and not what has been reported”, he said
The complainant reported the assembly member to the police at Bole on 11th December, 2015 claiming he for stole his sand valued at GGH¢400,000.00 located at a galamsey site at Wasepei in the Bole District.
The case was therefore transferred from the Bole District Court to the Tamale Circuit Court but the trial judge in his ruling said the case was a civil one and not criminal and therefore urged both parties to resort to an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in resolving their grievances.