Driver’s mate jailed 12 yrs for robbery

A 19-year-old driver’s mate has been sentenced to 12 years hard labour by a Kumasi Circuit Court, for robbery.

Safianu Yahaya, pleaded guilty with explanation to the robbery charge, and after the trial, he was sentenced on his own plea.

Passing judgement, the judge Mrs. Mary Nsenkyire, said she considered the fact that Yahaya was young and a first time offender.

Yahaya had pleaded to the court for mercy.

Chief Inspector Felix Akowuah, prosecuting, told the court that, Yahaya was a driver’s mate, who resided at Kenyasi Abirem, while his victim, Juliana Afriyie, is a trader who is also resident of Bosore, both in Kumasi.

On September 11, 2016 at about 8:00 a.m., Afriyie alighted from a car at Obinim junction at Bosore, and on her way to the house, she saw Yahaya.

Chief Insp. Akowuah said Yahaya, doubled his steps and caught up with Afriyie and hit her from behind with his foot.

Afriyie stumbled and fell on the ground and Yahaya pounced on her, beat and stabbed her with a jack knife at the right side of her nose the court heard.

Prosecution told the court that, Yahaya collected a mobile phone worth GH¢. 100.00 and GH¢22.00 belonging to Afriyie and fled.

The court heard that when Afriyie was being escorted to the hospital by the husband, she spotted Yahaya at the crime spot.

Afriyie raised the alarm, and some neighbours assisted the husband to arrest Yahaya and retrieved the mobile phone and jack knife from him.

According to Chief Insp. Akowuah, Yahaya was beaten up by an angry mob and abandoned at the crime spot while Afriyie was taken to the hospital for treatment and was discharged.

Afriyie reported the case to the Kenyasi Police Station and the police arrested him and rushed him to the Manhyia Government Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

Yahaya admitted to the offence in his Police Caution Statement.

From Kingsley E. Hope/Faustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi

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