3 robbers jailed 47 years as families weep

One of the convicted armed robbers being consoled by his mother.

One of the convicted armed robbers being consoled by his mother.

It was a heartbreaking moment for the family of three armed robbers, when the Accra Circuit Court “One” sentenced the robbers to 47 years imprisonment.
Police officers walked out from the court room, and two young women burst into uncontrollable tears after the Presiding judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, handed the 22 and 25 years jail terms to the convicts.
James Tetteh, unemployed, and Emmanuel Kelly, an electrician, were each sentenced 22 years on two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery to run concurrently.
The court, however, sentenced Joseph Kpakpo Allotey, an auto mechanic, and kingpin of the robbery, to 25 years imprisonment in hard labour for the same offence.
An old woman, believed to be the mother of Allotey, embraced her convicted son, wailing and gnashing her teeth, ostensibly praying to God to take care of the children of her son (her grandchildren) as Allotey and his accomplices were escorted into a waiting vehicle by police personnel.
Their action attracted passersby and onlookers, some of whom, expressed sympathy while others cast innuendoes at the convicts.
In passing a sentence, the judge said he took into account the plea for mitigation, the period they (armed robbers) spent in custody and the fact that the convicts were first time offenders.
However, he noted that the role played by each individual in the robbery expedition cannot be overlooked.
Making reference to a decision by the Supreme Court (SC) in the Republic vs. Adu Boahen Ghana Law Report (GLR) 1970, Mr. Tandoh said judgement for robbery should not only be punitive but deterring and exemplary to show the disapproval of society.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the court that Tetteh, Kelly and Allotey robbed their victims at gunpoint on March 30, 2016.
He said the convicts burgled into the house of the complainants while they were asleep and made away with cash $19,950.00 GH¢8,000, Euros 5,000 and 900 Pound Sterling.
Chief Insp. Adu said the convicts took three mobile phones, one Ipad, a box of jewelries and stuff like that.

The prosecutor said during investigations a witness in the case helped police officers with a tracking device to arrest Tetteh and Kelly, adding that Allotey managed to escape.
However, before the arrest of Allotey on June 25, 2016, a search conducted in his room revealed the aforementioned devices and items including the $19,950, GH¢410.00, 900 Pound Sterling and Euros 5,000.

By Malik Sullemana

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