An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced an Information Technology (IT) technician to 20 years imprisonment for snatching a taxi from a driver.
Prince Baffour was alleged to have caused harm and robbed the driver, Frank Agudey, of his Nissan Almera taxi worth GH¢14,000.00 and stolen an amount of GH¢440.00.
Delivering the sentence yesterday, the court, presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, averred that he took into consideration the accused’s refusal to use his potential for service to humanity, but rather took the “easiest” way of life, by inflicting harm on someone, and robbing him of his possessions.
He accordingly, sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment on the first count and five years on the second count, concurrently.
Baffour faced two counts of causing harm, contrary to Section 69 of the Criminal Offences Act (1960), and robbery, also contrary to Section149 of the Criminal Offences Act (1960).
The fact of the case as presented by the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful, were that on August 16, the taxi driver was working and at about 2:00 am, two men hired his service from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Dansoman, but did not specify the particular destination.
The prosecution said on reaching an area in Dansoman called Sahara, one of the back tyre of the taxi got burst and he stopped to replace it with a spare one.
Chief Insp. Afful said after fixing the tyre, he got up to enter the car, but was prevented by the accused person and his accomplice.
The plaintiff, managed to remove the car key from the ignition, but was stabbed in the process by the accused.
He suffered a cut on the hand and palm and as a result, could not hold onto the key, which fell onto the street.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused person picked up the key, pushed the driver and drove the taxi away, together with the driving licence and an amount of GH¢ 440.00.
The prosecution said after the incident, the driver lodged a complaint at the police station and during investigations, Prince was arrested at his hideout in Accra and he led the police to the Pacific Filling Station, Nyanyano road at Kasoa, where the taxi was retrieved and brought to the police station.
His accomplice is on the run.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme