2 jailed 14 years for robbing businessman

TWO robbers, who broke into the house of a businessman at the Ho New Housing Estates in the Volta Region, three years ago, and took away seven cellular phones, a motorcycle and an amount GH¢8,000 from him, were on Monday sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment each by a Ho high court.

Michael Agbanyo, 27, a driver, and Happy Gawu, 22, a cellular phone repairer, pleaded not guilty.

The court, presided by Mr. Justice N.C. Agbevor heard that the two, and a third accomplice, who is at large, armed with a gun, a cutlass and other offensive weapons forced their way into the room of the businessman and his wife, while they were asleep at about 2.30am on March 3, 2015.

Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Andrews Adugu, told the court that after gaining access to the room of their victims, they ordered them to surrender all their money to them.

The court heard that when the businessman told them that they had no money, the robbers subjected them to beatings and hit them repeatedly with a cutlass before taking the items and money from them.

Mr Adugu said that the police after receiving a complaint from the businessman carried several swoops on the hideouts of criminals in the municipality and arrested some of them.

He indicated that Agbanyo and Gawu were subsequently identified at an identification parade by the businessman.

Each of them was sentenced to five and seven years respectively for conspiracy and robbery, with the sentences running concurrently.

The court said that although the two pleaded not guilty, the prosecution had proved its case beyond doubt.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

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