3 East Legon Robbers Jailed 90 Years

The suspects from left Padi Hanson,Stephen Sando and William GbekuThree persons who were involved in a series of robberies and terroris-ed residents of East Legon in Accra and its environs have been sentenced to a total of 90 years imprisonment, by an Accra Circuit Court.

They are Padi Hanson, William Gbeku and Stephen Sando. Two other accused persons, Kennedy Gbometa and Alex Donkor who were involved in the robberies were taken to Adentan Police station for other offences.

Two others, Daniel Owusu, 29, trader; and Eugene Sekyiamah, 32, a phone dealer, said to be patrons of  robbery booty, pleaded not guilty and were granted bail, pending the final determination of their case.

The court, presided over by Francis Obiri Yeboah, convicted them on their own pleas of guilty to the charges of conspiracy to rob, and robbery and sentenced Hanson and Gbeku to 20 and 35 years, to run concurrently, and Sando, 20 years for abetment of crime.

Presenting the facts of the case, Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka said their modus operandi was to act as job seekers moving from house to house in search of menial jobs, and then leaking vital information to other members of the gang, who later attack and rob their victims.

He said said on June 23, 2013, at about 9:30 a.m., the gang robbed a Professor of the University of zzz, andz Sando‘s master, of his  Nissan Almera Saloon car which they took to Kumasi to sell.

“Sando who works as a gardener in the professor’s house masterminded and organised the gang to the residence while his boss was away.

In a similar operation, three suspects attacked and robbed a residence at Ogbojo Madina an act  the houseboy was alleged to have  connived with Sando to organise.

Mr. Tuaruka said during the robbery, Hanson and Gbeku disconnected the electrical  fence wall and scaled it into the house to rob their victims.

The gang, also robbed a residence around Ajiringano on two occasions; took away unspecified amount in various currencies and personal belongings.

On August 2, 2014 the suspects robbed a retired medical doctor at Ajiringano by disarming and wounding the driver, and made away with an unspecified amount of money.

Mr. Tuaruka said during interrogation, the suspects confessed to a number of robberies at the said areas, adding that they were identified at an identification parade, by the victims.

He said Owusu, a regular buyer of Plasma televisions from the convicts, bought two for GH¢200 and GH¢300, adding that three Plasma television sets were retrieved from him.

Sekyiamah was also arrested at Tip-toe Lane at Circle for using a stolen phone he bought from the suspects.

Items retrieved from them included three pump action guns, a single-barrel shot gun, 41 live cartridges, machetes, jack knives, eight mobile phones, Samsung ipads and phones, an internet modem, pliers, a car jack and a wrist watch.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong 

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