Court Jails Three Convicts 100 Years For Robbery

chief justiceThree convicts who escaped from prison and were re-arrested last year, have been sentenced to 100 years imprisonment for robbery.

Dominic Kofi Anim, 35, a phone repairer, Stanley Goka Gameli, 33, and Yaw Berko, 32, both unemployed were convicted on their own plea by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri Yeboah.

Stanley and Dominic were each sentenced to 20 and 40 years imprisonment to run concurrently on two counts of conspiracy to rob and robbery, whilst Berko is to serve 20 years for conspiracy.

The three were said to have stolen jewellery worth GH¢3,000 from a resident at Teshie in the Greater Accra Region on April 3, 2011 with screw drivers after escaping from prison while serving a three year sentence for a similar crime.

Passing judgment, Mr. Yeboah cautioned the youth against robbery and reminded them that the court would not be lenient to any person who commits such a crime.

According to prosecution, at about 11:30 a.m. on April 3, 2011, the complainant, Mr. Alex Ansong Danso was relaxing in his sofa in the hall when he heard footsteps coming towards him, he woke up only to see two young men fully armed with long screw drivers.

The armed men then ordered him to surrender his money or risk losing his life.

Mr. Danso told them to follow him to his bedroom which they did. The complainant’s son, who was in his room, heard them talking so he came out to meet the armed men pointing the screw driver at his father.

He quizzed the robbers and a fight ensued between them and in the course of the fight Dominic stabbed the Mr. Danso in the rib around the umbilical cord with the screw driver, whilst Stanley also stabbed the complainant’s son at different parts of the body, including the arm and the head.

Mr. Danso then raised the alarm and the robbers, sensing danger attempted to bolt with their booty.

Stanley jumped over the wall with the jewellery belonging to the complainant’s wife, Regina Asantewaa, valued at GH¢3,000.

Dominic also attempted to jump over the wall but luck eluded him and he was held back by the complainant’s son.

Stanley managed to run away with the jewellery in a waiting taxi which was driven by Yaw.

Mr. Danso then reported the case to the police and their investigations led to the arrest of the other robbers. By Charles Amankwa     

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