Court Sentences Two Armed Robbers 60yrs



court.pngA Kumasi Circuit Court has sentenced two armed robbers to a total of 60 years in hard labour for robbing a businessman, Clement Akumpike of an amount of GH¢3,500 at knife-point.

The two convicts who are in their early thirties, are Dominic Anokye, also known as Amansan, a driver and Osei Kwabena, alias Kobby.
They pleaded not guilty to the two counts of conspiracy to commit crime to wit robbery and robbery.

The court, presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Amo-Yartey, however, found them guilty of the charges and sentenced them to 30 years each in hard labour.

Prosecuting, Assistant State Attorney, Justina Rosebud Anyan told the court that the complainant is a businessman and resident of Anomangye in Kumasi, while the first and second convicts are both resident of Gyaakye and a driver and shoemaker, respectively.

She said on February 6, this year, at about 5:40 a.m., the complainant was on his way to Asafo Market to buy meat for his cold store.
Upon reaching a traffic light near Asafo, he alighted from the vehicle in which he was, and moved a few steps towards the market.

According to Ms. Anyan, the complainant was suddenly attacked with a knife by the convicts and some two other persons now at large.
She said they robbed him of his bag which contained his NHIS card, a Stanbic ATM card and an amount of GH¢3,500.

She said the victim struggled with the accused persons and their accomplices and in the process, the victim was stabbed on the back, right arm and in the neck.

The incident attracted onlookers who chased the convicts. The first convict was however, arrested but the second managed to escape with the bag.

She said Anokye was handed over to the police and during interrogation, he mentioned the name of Kobby as his accomplice.
On February 15, the complainant with the assistance of the Police Striking Force arrested Kobby at his hide-out at the Kokomba Market in Accra and sent to Kumasi to face trial. -From Kwadwo B. Donkor, Kumasi

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