4 robbers jailed 60yrs

AN Accra Circuit Court yesterday sentenced four people to a total of 60 years imprisonment in hard labour, for engaging in separate robberies.

They were Amidu Yakubu, Mohammed Ali, Abu Issaka and Attah Kyei Kofi (a.k.a. Fresh Boy).

Ali and Issaka are said to have robbed the proprietress and customers of Mirror Magic Hairdressing Salon of their mobile phones, Ipad, a Ghanaian passport, a hand bag and GH¢325 cash.

Prosecuting, Joshua Sackey, an Assistant State Attorney, told the court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, that at about 3.30 p.m. on September 8, 2013, the convicts rode on a motor bike with a half metal plate number 12-GE to the salon near the Ga Mantse’s palace, and threatened the owner and her customers.

Ali pretended to pull a gun from his pocket, and that compelled the victims to surrender their belongings to them.

The victims raised the alarm when the convicts attempted to escape on the motorbike, which resulted in their arrest by the police.

Mr. Sackey said Atta Kyei, a resident of Agbogba, is said to have robbed Rosina Asare on January 6, near the Atomic Junction in Accra.

Kyei attacked her moments after she alighted from a bus at about 10 p.m., and collected her hand bag containing ID cards, a Nokia phone, Black Berry Q10, valued at GH¢1,200, GH¢2,000 cash, and bolted.

Rosina reported the incident to a police night patrol team at Legon, which rushed to the scene, but Kyei, with an accomplice, abandoned their motorbike and bolted into the bush.

The police took the motorbike to the Legon Police Station.

In the course of investigation, the owner of the motorbike went to the Legon police to inform them that the accused borrowed it from him and led the police to arrest Kyei.

After his arrest, Kyei led the police to retrieve the bag without its contents, but refused to disclose who his accomplice was.

Mr. Sackey said Yakubu, a barber robbed a driver of a G-seven mobile phone, Voter ID card, driver’s licence and a wallet containing GH¢180, on December 26, 2014 at about 1:30 a.m.

Yakubu with one Kojo, now at large, boarded the complainant’s vehicle en route from Sowutuom Mambo to Omanjor.

On reaching the Roman Park, at Omanjor, Yakubu, then sitting in the front seat, pulled out a knife and ordered the complainant to surrender everything on him, to which he obliged.

Mr. Sackey said on January 2, this year, the driver went to a drinking spot at Omanjor and saw a sales girl holding his mobile phone.

He reported the case to the police, the sales girl was arrested and she mentioned Yakubu as the person who sold the phone to her. She then led the police to arrest him.

A search of Yakubu’s room led to the recovery of the complainant’s wallet and another mobile phone.

By Malik Sullemana 

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