A heavily-built youngman (Macho) was on Monday jailed 21 years in hard labour by the Accra Circuit Court for robbing a student of the Ghana Institute of Public Administration.
Ali Ibrahim, a car dealer and a resident of Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region, had told the court that he was not a robber, but went to the residence of the complainant, Mr. Marshall Ikenefuna, to buy a car at 9 p.m. on March 14, this year, when incidentally the robbers struck in his presence.
But the Judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, convicted Ibrahim because he masterminded the robbery.
“The accused masterminded the entire operation when he visited the victim’s residence two weeks before the incident and was even seen standing in front of the gate during the robbery,” Mr. Tandoh said before handing down the sentence to Ali Ibrahim.
Presenting the facts, Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu said that three armed robbers including the convict (Ibrahim), carried out the operations, but Kwaku and Della managed to bolt in the Ford Escape vehicle, they robbed from the complainant at gun point, including of GH¢4,500 and a Samsung galaxy mobile phone valued at GH¢800.00.
Chief Insp. Adu said Ibrahim could not join the vehicle and it sped away, when the complainant’s wife raised the alarm.
According to the prosecutor, Ibrahim was arrested when he dashed into a nearby bush in an attempt to escape.
One of the prosecution witnesses identified Ibrahim as the person who had visited the complainant’s residence two weeks earlier under the pretext of looking for a room to rent when the victim was away.
Chief Inspt. Adu related that the robbers attacked the complainant and his wife at gun point when they had returned from town and were entering their compound.
They took over their vehicle containing cash and a galaxy mobile phone and bolted only to abandon the car at Bentum spot at Kwashieman two days later.
Ibrahim thanked Chief Inspt. Adu for prosecuting him and prayed to God to take care of his two children and that of his late brother.
By Castro Zangina-Tong