AN Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri on Tuesday, handed a 15-year jail-term to Gideon Martey Boye, a driver’s mate for conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.
Gideon, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, is to serve 15 years for conspiracy and 15 years for robbery. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
He was said to have conspired with Seth Adjei Okine, a fisherman, and Joshua, now at large, to rob Madam Christiana Quaye of her I-Phone valued at GH¢200, Madam Belinda Korkor Odai of her BLU phone worth GH¢150 and Madam Sarah Boye of her Samsung phone worth GH¢200.
Seth, his accomplice was however, granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties, one of whom must be his parents because he is a juvenile.
The court also ordered that the case be sent to the Juvenile Court for him (Martey-Boye) to be sentenced accordingly.
Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka told the court that the complainant is a trader and lives at Teshie where Gideon and Seth also reside.
He said on August 26, 2014, at about 3.00 a.m., the complainant and witnesses in the case were among a number of people observing the festival of the people of Teshie, when suddenly the convict and his accomplices rushed on them.
Chief Superintendent Tuaruka said Joshua, now at large, pulled a knife to threaten the complainants and collected their phones. The shouts of the complainants attracted the witnesses to the scene.
He told the court that Joshua, sensing danger, quickly gave the phones to Seth and took to his heels.