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…