Convict serving 72 years jail term back in court

A driver’s mate who is already serving his 72 years jail-term at the Nsawam Maximum Security Prisons for committing various offences, appeared before an Accra Circuit Court again on Tuesday, to stand trial for robbing a nurse.

He was jailed about three months ago, for committing series of robberies.

Benjamin Akwei, together with two others, attacked  Madam Hannah Amegadzi at Nungua, on March 15, 2016, at about 3:00 am, collected GH¢1,700.00 cash from her and took away one Samsung phone valued at GH¢1,500, a Samsung Tablet valued at GH¢1,000.00 and Samsung flat screen television also valued at GH¢1,500.00.

Mr. Augustine Gyamfi, who is defending the prisoner, pleaded with the Judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, to strike out the current case for want of prosecution, so that Benjamin Akwei would serve his 72 years sentence in peace.

Explaining, he said that, the Prison Officers had transported his client to and from the Nsawam prisons many times for the commencement of the case but, anytime it was called for hearing, the prosecutor would not be ready.

Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, prosecuting told the court that, the convict and two of his friends, Michael Appiah alias “Not Nice” and Anago Macho, all residents of Nungua, armed themselves with cutlasses and invaded the residence of the complainant on March 15, 2016, while she was asleep and forcefully opened her door and ordered her to bring whatever valuables she had in the room.

He said that Madam Amegadzi, fearing for her life as the criminals threatened her with a knife, did not put up any resistance, thus, making it easy and comfortable for the robbers to pack the items away.

Luck, however, eluded Benjamin Kwei, when he was arrested on March 29, 2016, at about 2:00 pm, when he was spotted at the Nungua police station where he had gone to bail another suspect.

Chief Inspector Adu said, the convict admitted the offence in his caution statement and later led the police to the crime scene.

Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, told counsel for the convict that he had taken note of his sentiments and adjourned the case to September 1, 2016.

By Castro Zangina-Tong


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