Two highway robbers, including an ex-convict, who shot a policeman in the penis after robbing travellers of their monies on the Peki-Asikuma road, were on Monday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each by a Ho High Court.
They are Sule Sumaila, alias Azuma 29, ex-convict, and unemployed; and Musa Adams, 31, a bicycle repairer.
They pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.
Sumaila and Adams were each sentenced to 20 years on each count, with the sentences running concurrently.
A State Attorney, Mr. Moses Asampoa, who presented the facts, told the court that at about 3am on June 30, last year, Sumaila and Adams and three other gangsters, armed themselves with guns and knives and ambushed vehicles at Tsibu along the Peki-Asikuma road.
The court, presided by Mr. Justice Patrick Baayeh, heard that the robbers, stopped an articulated truck travelling from the Hohoe direction towards Asikuma.
They ordered the driver and two other persons on board the vehicle to get down and then subjected them to beatings before collecting GH¢900 from the driver.
Mr. Asampoa said that after taking the money from the driver, the gangsters ordered their victims to lie down beneath the truck.
The prosecution said that Musa took guard over the travellers while the other members of the gang took positions to intercept other vehicles.
Mr. Asampoa said another truck arrived at the scene from the Hohoe direction and a Police Corporal who was on board, mistook the robbery victims lying beneath the first truck for accident victims, and quickly got down to attend to them.
Sumaila emerged and shot the Policeman at close range in the private part, the court was told.
The prosecution said that after the shooting, the gangsters fled into the bush and the policeman was rushed to the Peki Government Hospital and later referred to the Volta Regional Hospital in Ho.
The court heard that at about 5.30 am the two were arrested at the Kporvi police barrier.
The prosecution said that a search on them revealed three locally manufactured short barrel guns, 12 rounds of ammunition, a knife, two masks, three torch lights and an amount of GH¢300.
The other three gang members are still at large.
The court heard that Sumaila and Adams admitted the offence during interrogation by the police.
Passing sentence, the court said that the prosecution who brought five witnesses, including the drive of the first articulated truck had proved its case beyond doubt.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho