3 Jailed 80 Years For Robbery

The Circuit Court in Accra yesterday sentenced three people to a total of 80 years imprisonment in hard labour, for their involvement in separate robberies.

They were Jonas Akakpo, a washing bay operator, Kwasi Francis, driver’s mate and Shadrack Mensah, unemployed.

They all pleaded guilty to commit crime, and robbery, and sentenced, accordingly.

Akakpo and Francis would serve 20 and 25 years each for conspiracy to commit crime and robbery while Mensah would do 30 years. The sentences would run concurrently.

Another accomplice, Kojo Abeka is currently at large and is being sought for by the police.

In the first case, the convicts, Akakpo and Francis are said to have robbed their victim of his GH¢120.

Prosecuting, Inspector Adu told the court, presided over by Francis Obiri, that the complainant, was a driver from Suhum in the Eastern Region.

He said on June 2, 2014, at about 2:00am, the complainant  went to offload some goods on his Urvan Trotro bus for which he was paid GH¢120. But he decided to spend the night at St. John’s and continue his journey to Suhum the following day.

The convicts suddenly appeared and attacked, and removed his purse containing GH¢120.00 from his pocket.

In attempt to escape the attack, Adu convinced them to believe that he was also a criminal and needed some partners to operate with.

The convicts upon hearing that, boarded the complainants vehicle and they left.

The driver cunningly drove them through Dome, Kwasieman, Haatso, Atomic Junction and later headed towards the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

At the 37 Military Hospital, they took a male passenger and on reaching Afrikiko Gardens near TV3, one of the convicts ordered the driver to stop to which he obliged.

Akakpo held the passenger’s neck from behind, while Jonas, one of the convicts  and Abeka (now at large) collected his bag and pushed him out of the vehicle.

After the attack, the convicts asked the driver to move.

On reaching Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the driver alerted the police and they were arrested.  Abeka, however, escaped.

During investigations, the convicts admitted the offence and were subsequently arraigned before court.

Passing sentence, Mr. Obiri expressed worry at the surge in robberies in the country and was particularly concern about the involvement of many young and able-bodied men in them.

In the second case,  Mensah, unemployed, resident of Santa Maria in Accra, is said to have attacked a final year student of the University of Ghana, Esther Yayra Attipoe, on her way to lectures.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police, Patrick A. Morkeh told the court that  the incident occurred at about 7:50 a.m. on April 28, 2014 on the Evandy-Pentagon road on the Legon campus.

The suspect, laid ambush, emerged from the bush and ordered the victim to surrender her bag which contained her Acer laptop, Samsung and Nokia mobile phones.

The victim,  also had GH¢52 cash in the bag, books, her lecture notes and handouts.

The student resisted and struggled with the convict over the bag.

It was during the struggle that the convict pulled out a knife and slashed her in the thigh, snatched the bag and bolted.

The student raised the alarm which attracted the attention of a police patrol team which arrested Mensah.

A search on him revealed the items which were later returned to victim.

During interrogation, Mensah admitted the offence and led the police to the bush where the bag and the knife used in slashing the student were found.   By Malik Sullemana  

 

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