An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a taxi driver, Stanley Appiah, to 15 years in prison for robbing a lady, and five years for stabbing a military officer.
The two sentences are to run concurrently.
Stanley robbed the lady of her mobile phone at dawn at Santa Maria, a suburb of Accra, and stabbed the military officer who chased him and succeeded in collecting the stolen mobile phone.
Stanley pleaded guilty to robbery and causing harm and was convicted on his own plea.
The court, presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, passing sentence, noted that Stanley readily admitted his guilt.
Stanley prayed the court and the victims to forgive him as he did not know what came over him to commit the crime, “I have never committed such a crime before”.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Patience Mario, told the court that at about 5.30 on December 5, Mavis Appiah, a factory hand living at Santa Maria, in Accra, was walking to work when Stanley pulled out a knife and snatched her mobile phone.
The court heard that Stanley demanded Mavis purse, but she took to her heels shouting “thief, thief, thief”.
Prosecution said a military officer, Frederick Owusu Asiedu, who heard Mavis, chased Stanley and collected the mobile phone.
Stanley stabbed Asiedu on the left side of his chest and attempted bolting, but was arrested.
Asiedu, according to the prosecutor, was rushed to the hospital for treatment while Stanley was handed over to the Police.
During interrogation, he admitted the offence but denied stabbing Asiedu with a knife, adding that he rather stabbed him with a nail.