For robbing a trader of his three mobile phones, jewelry and GH¢27,000, eight persons were sentenced to a total of 130 years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court yesterday. Their sentences range between 10 and 20 years, each.
They are Michael McCarthy, Richmond Kwadwo Sarpong, both driver’s mates; Bright Akaminku, a.k.a. Rasta, trader; Abubakar Sadik, trader, and Abass Baba, auto mechanic.
The rest are Ibrahim Alhasan, auto mechanic; Abugri Osuman, unemployed, and Joe Ofori, trader.
Two others, Yunus Abdul Hamid Mubarak, a fashion designer, and Ahmed Aminu, driver’s mate, were freed by the court on the premises that they had no idea of the robbery.
The convicts were said to have robbed Ebenezer Kofi Odei Bediako, a trader, of the valuables and cash on January 5, this year at Atraco, East Legon, Accra.
Passing sentence, Justice Francis Obiri bemoaned the rate of robbery cases in the country and said the law frowned on criminality, and that culprits should be given harsher punishments as deterrent to others.
Prosecuting, Inspector Martin Acheampong disclosed that the eight accused persons were friends to the complainant who resides at East Legon.
He said the eight persons had been attacking people at Atraco, Zoomlion, Adenta, Madina and their environs and robbing them of their valuables.
Inspector Acheampong said the complainant and his family were asleep at about 2 a.m., on January 5, 2015, when the convicts broke into their room, at gun point, subjected them to severe beatings and robbed them of the items and money.
Complainant reported the case to the police who upon intelligence, managed to track the user of one of the stolen mobile phones and arrested him.
When questioned, Mubarak mentioned Aminu as the one who sold the phone to him at GH¢570 and subsequently led the police to arrest him.
Aminu, in turn, said Michael and Richmond sold the phone and another tablet phone to him at GH¢700, adding that as a result, the accused persons were traced to their hideouts and arrested.
Inspector Acheampong said Michael, during interrogation, confessed to the robbery and mentioned the remaining seven accused persons as his accomplices.
On the arrest of the other five accused persons, a search on them revealed 17 live cartridges in Rasta’s possession, a face mask with Joe Ofori, while a pump action gun was retrieved from Abugri, and one of the stolen mobile was phones found with Abass.
Alhassan, the prosecutor said received GH¢400 as his share from Michael but did not take part in the robbery.
The police officer said Mubarak and Aminu also dishonestly received a Samsung galaxy S4 mobile phone valued at GH¢1,600 belonging to the complainant.
On January 20, 2015, Alhassan was identified by one of the victims at an identification parade.
By Malik Sullemana