AN Accra circuit court yesterday sentenced two armed robbers to a total of 50 years imprisonment for robbing an ex-military officer and his four daughters at gunpoint. Each of them will serve 25 years in hard labour.
The two convicts, Baba Anaba Musah and Evans Ogbey, aka Akwada Moko, unemployed, were alleged to have robbed an ex-military officer and his four daughters at gunpoint at Teshie and made away with a laptop and four mobile phones in 2013. They pleaded not guilty on their first appearance in court.
Delivering the sentence, the presiding judge, George Aboagye, said the jail term was a strong signal that society would no longer tolerate the issue of armed robbery and called for an end to the surge of the menace.
On passage of the sentence, the two knelt in the witness box and pleaded for leniency which was ignored by the court.
Ogbey had earlier told the court that he was being accused wrongly, and alleged that he was beaten by the Police at Teshie and at the Greater Accra Regional Police Command when he denied knowledge of the crime.
He expressed fears that he would be beaten by the police if he was sent back to the Regional Police Command, and denied being called Akwada Moko as alleged by the police.
It was, however, established later during the trial by his accomplice that he was also known as Akwada Moko.
The facts of the case as presented by Chief Inspector K. Adu were that the complainant was an ex-military officer resident at Agbleza whilst the accused persons lived at Teshie.
He said about two years ago, the accused persons and two others namely, Samuel Bortey and Alex Ametepey Tetteh, armed with a locally made pistol and machetes, stormed the victim’s house at about 2 a.m., and subjected him and his daughters to beatings before robbing them of their items.
Chief Inspector Adu said two months later, Samuel and Alex were arrested, charged and sentenced by an Accra circuit court to 23 years’ imprisonment in hard labour.
He said the two, in their caution statements, mentioned Baba and Evans as their accomplices and added that about a month ago Baba and Evans who were being held by the Tema Regional Police for a similar offence, admitted their involvement in the said robbery.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme