Cabbie sentenced to 17yrs for robbery

•    Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood — Chief Justice

• Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood — Chief Justice

A taxi driver who sprayed pepper into the eyes of a lady and robbed her of cash and mobile phones, has been jailed  17 years in hard labour by the Accra Circuit Court “One”.

The convict, Bright Arma of Gbawe, a suburb of Accra, attacked Ms. Sandrick Mensah, a resident of Abossey Okai Zongo, at about 1am at Weija on January 28, 2017, and collected a cash of GH¢300.00 with one Galaxy S5 mobile phone valued at GH¢1,000.00 and a Nokia Lumia mobile phone also valued at GH¢1,380.00 from the victim.

Superintendent of police, Mr. Kwaku Bempah, the prosecutor told the court presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, that the convict was arrested by a patrol team from the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Unit upon hearing the shouts of the victim for help at the ungodly hour.

He said investigations by the police revealed that Ms. Mensah hired Bright Arma’s Kia Rio taxi, with registration number GS 5927 13, to Tuba, a suburb of Accra.

The prosecutor said that when they got to Ayigbe Town junction near the Weija toll booth, the convict stopped and parked the cab (taxi) by the roadside, pulled out a plastic Fanta lemon bottle containing powdered pepper mixed with water and sprayed it into the eyes of the victim ostensibly to rob her.

According to Supt. Bempah, Arma collected the items from Ms. Mensah and forcibly pulled her out of the taxi and chased her away, but by divine intervention, the police patrol team heard the screams of the victim and rushed to the scene and rescued her.

The convict was arrested and taken to the police station where he admitted committing the crime.

In his judgement, Mr. Tandoh said that such inhuman treatment meted out to the victim was uncalled for as such the convict did not deserve to be treated leniently.

He, therefore, sentenced him to 17 years in prison in hard labour.

By Castro Zangina-Tong 

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