Armed robber weeps in court

Twenty-eight-year old Abdul Sadat Iddi on Monday, wept uncontrollably at an Accra Circuit Court when he was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for robbing a banker at gunpoint at Baatsona in Accra.

Iddi, whilst being escorted by the police to begin his prison term amidst weeping, pleaded with the trial judge, Mr Aboagye Tandoh, to have mercy on him.

“My Lord I beg, My Lord please have mercy on me. Oh mother, please intervene,” he cried aloud in Ga, while his mother and other relations looked on helplessly.

The police had a hectic time escorting him from the court, which was on a storey building to the ground floor as he called on his relatives to intervene.     

Iddi, who was charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery, pleaded not guilty.

The court, however, at the end of the trial discharged him of the conspiracy charge and convicted on the robbery charge.

Iddi and others now at large, were said to have robbed Samuel Romulus Okine on the dawn of December 7, last year of his two HP Laptop computers, an Ipad with Surfline Wi-Fi, two digital cameras, and cash of GH¢80 , 300 dollars and 200 Euros.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Kofi Adu said the complainant, Mr Okine, was a banker residing at HFC Estate, Community 18, Baatsona, whilst the convict, unemployed, lived at Ashiaman.

He said on December 7, last year, at about 2am, whilst the complainant was in bed, he was attacked and held hostage by three men armed with pistols and a pump action gun.

Prosecution said the armed robbers used the complainant’s bed sheet to tie his face, ransacked his apartment and made away with items, including two laptops, Ipad, two cameras, and the cash.

Chief Inspector Adu said soon after the robbery incident, Mr Okine reported the matter to the firm where he bought the Surfline Wi-Fi to assist him track the robbers.

Later, prosecution said the Tema branch of the Surfline company, called Mr Okine and told him that someone had brought his Surfline wi-fi to them.

Mr Okine alerted the police and some police officers were dispatched to accompany him to the firm and apprehended Numo Gawusu, who had brought the Surfline Wi-Fi to the company to enable him to buy a chip.

Gawusu, when questioned, said it was Iddi, who sold the Surfline Wi-Fi to him at GH¢90 and led the Police to Ashaiman where Iddi was arrested.

Prosecution said Iddi told the police that the item was brought to him by Sadick, Bedman and Kuntam to sell for them.

Iddi could however,not lead the police to arrest those he mentioned.

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