BOGYA
V.
BOAKYE

(1980) JELR 69653 (HC)    
High Court  ·  23 Jun 1980 ·  Ghana
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Other Citations
[1980] GLR 908
CORAM
ANSAH-TWUM J.
Core Terms Beta
plaintiff
defendant
sheep
gong-gong
words
evidence
counsel
court
okyeame ampofo
customary law
third witness
second witness
plaintiff’s village
kwesi ketewa
law
defendant’s sheep
first witness
lost sheep
owner of the sheep
statement of claim
statement of defence
common boundary
cross-examination
defendant’s village
people’s livestock
piece of evidence
district court
publication of defamatory words
reasonable grounds
stool of wantram
witness
award of damages
cause of action
claim states
defendants
defendant’s denial
evidence of the second witness
important parts of his evidence
ketewa’s own words
learned counsel
okyeame ampofo of wantram
plaintiff claims
plaintiff’s case
plaintiff’s evidence shows
prima facie case
question of probability counsel
result of that gong-gong beating
royal family of wantram
stray sheep
way of the gong-gong message

ANSAH-TWUM J.: As per his writ of summons, the plaintiff claims against the defendants (¢40,000) damages for slander. The plaintiff is a farmer and he lives at Wantram in the Wassa Amanfi Traditional Area. According to the plaintiff, he belongs to the stool or royal family of Wantram.

The plaintiff pleaded in paragraphs (6) and (9) of his statement of claim that:

“(6) That after this incident the defendant caused a gong-gong to be beaten informing the large crowd that gathered that the plaintiff is a thief who has been stealing other people’s livestock. (9) The stool of Wantram which should have been occupied by the plaintiff has now eluded him because of these vicious allegations.”

The plaintiff’s case is that about three years ago, the defendant went to his, the plaintiff’s village near Wantram and told the plaintiff that he, the defendant, had lost two of his sheep and had been looking for same. The plaintiff said he readily told the defendant that the sheep strayed to his farm and de…

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