A Circuit Court in Accra on
Tuesday sentenced Joshua Kudjo, an electrician, to 20 years imprisonment for robbing a lady of her bag containing 3,100 dollars, an iPad and other personal effects.
This was after the court had found Kudjo, a.k.a. Jerry Quainoo, already serving an 18 year prison term in another case, guilty of the charge of robbery.
While the prosecution, during the trial, called two witnesses to make its case, Kudjo called none after pleading not guilty to the charge.
Mr. Justice Francis Obiri, the trial judge, invoked the inherent jurisdiction of the Court and ordered that the convict serves his 18 years along with the current 20 year conviction.
He also ordered the Police to refund 2,900 dollars (cedi equivalent) which was paid into Kudjo’s account at the Osu branch of Ecobank, to Ms. Victoria Acheam-pong, the complainant in the case.
This was made known through the tendering of a receipt from the forex bureau and pay-in slips of the bank by the prosecution.
The court said during the trial, it came to light that Kudjo gave 3,100 dollars concealed in an envelope with the inscription “Bank of America,” which was stolen from the complainant, to his errand boy to pay the same in its cedi equivalent into his (Kudjo’s) bank account.
According to the court, Kudjo’s errand boy, however, took 200 dollars out of the amount as his share.
The court said the said envelope with the inscription “Bank of America” containing the money was retrieved from Kudjo’s room during a search.
The case, as presented by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Acheampong, was that the complainant, was a public servant residing at West Legon while Kudjo resided at Kuntunse, near Amasaman in Accra.
Prosecution said on November 11, last year, at about 9:30 p.m., the complainant attended a funeral and while returning she drove through the road that linked Fiesta Royal Hotel and GIMPA.
According to the prosecution, the complainant on reaching the T-Junction on the GIMPA-Legon Road, stopped to give way to traffic on her left side. As soon as she stopped, Kudjo emerged from a nearby bush and forcibly opened the front side passenger’s door and picked the complainant’s handbag.
In the complainant’s bid to prevent him from taking the bag, Kudjo threatened her with a hammer he was holding. Kudjo then ran into the bush with the complainant’s handbag containing the items including two reading glasses and a bunch of keys.
DSP Acheampong said the complainant reported the matter to the Police on November 28, last year at about 8:00 p.m., Kudjo was found in the bush at the same spot with a hammer by a Police patrol team which arrested him.—GNA