3 robbers jailed 176 years

An Aflao circuit court, in the Volta Region, has sentenced three armed robbers to a total of 176 years’ imprisonment in hard labour.
The convicts Julius Gbede, alias “Bible”, 25, got 82 years, Kofi Kunya, alias “Sponsor”, 27, 79 years, and Malik Mohammed Urmaru Suna, 24, 15 years.

According to police sources the arrest of Gbede, who is considered leader of the group in all the robbers, brought a sigh of relief to the people in the area.

He pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy, stealing, preparation to commit crime, illegal possession of firearms, causing harm, unlawful damage, unlawful entry and two counts of robbery.

The court, presided by, Mr Ali Baba Abature, sentenced him to a jail term of five years on each of the conspiracy charges, five years each for stealing firearms, preparing to commit crime, possession of firearms without authority, unlawful entry.  The rest are three years for unlawful damage, four years for causing harm and 20 years each for two counts of robbery, all to run consecutively.

The other accomplice Kunya, also pleaded not guilty to all charges, but the court thought otherwise and jailed him five years each on three conspiracy charges, five years each for stealing firearm, preparation to commit crime, possession of firearms without authority and unlawful entry, four years for causing harm and 20 years each on the robbery charges, all to run consecutively.

The Police said another suspect, Malik Mohammed Urmaru Suna, who was, involved in only two of the incidents, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, a count each for stealing of firearm, preparation to commit crime, possession of firearm without authority, unlawful entry and robbery.

The court said for showing remorse and helping the court and also revealing the sequences of the criminal activities of the group, including others still at large, the court showed him mercy.

The court, therefore, reduced his earlier sentence of 15 years for leading Gbede, Kunya and one George Edzordzi Dabla, alias Black Jesus, now at large, to rob his elder brother of valuables at his residence at Aflao, to 10 years.

Suna, who was also sentenced to five years each for conspiracy, stealing, possession of firearm without authority in the other cases, would in effect serve only 15 years in prison as his sentences are to run concurrently.

A fourth accused, Sodzi Edem, alias Stone, a Togolese steel bender, was, however, acquitted and discharged for want of prosecution.

The presiding judge noted that the three, accused of involvement in numerous robbery cases of which some of the cases against them were pending at different police stations, held residents of the area spellbound for years.

The court ordered that Suna be sent to serve his jail term in Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo Region, away from Gbede, Kunya and their cohorts, who have since threatened to unleash hell on him for confessing and revealing details about the group. – GNA

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