Returnee Armed Robber Jailed 35yrs

HandcuffsA 30-year-old Libyan returnee, who robbed a filling station at gun point with two others, now at large at Pobiman, near Amansaman last year was on Monday sentenced to 35 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.

Stephen Quarshie was charged with conspiracy to rob and robbery. He got exposed because he left a pair of sandals at the crime scene. Later, the other pair was found in his room when the police searched him.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges but at the end of the trial, the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri found him guilty and convicted him to 20 years on the charge of conspiracy to rob and 35 years for robbery. Sentences are to run concurrently.

The court described Quarshie a.k.a. Fawaz Mamoud as a “daring robber”, who conducted his operations during the day.

According to the court the issue of robbery has become a national one as such Quarshie should be handed a stiffer punishment to serve as a deterrent for others.

In Quarshie’s statement to the police, the court noted that he (Quarshie) had travelled to Libya where he bought the gun he used in the robbery.

According to Quarshie he used the  gun when things were becoming difficult for him, adding, he obtained GH¢1,200 as his share of the booty.

The court commended the investigator who took time to conduct his work professionally by verifying whether the gun used during the robbery was the same as the one retrieved under a sofa in Quarshie’s room.

The case of the prosecution was that the complainant, Mr Stephen Amponsah Yeboah, is the manager of Pobiman Shell Filling station, which belongs to Real Impact Energy.

Quarshie, who is a taxi driver but now unemployed reside at Kuntunse near Amasaman. On June 8, last year, at about one o’clock in the afternoon, Mr Yeboah and his staff were going about their business when Quarshie in the company of two others suddenly attacked the filling station.

During the operation, Quarshie was armed with a gun and his accomplices’ knives.

Amidst gun shots, Quarshie and his accomplices made away with GH¢5,375 which they snatched from the pump attendants and assorted phone cards valued at GH¢950, after stabbing Janet Kanyelle, one of the attendants.

He and his accomplices left behind two empty shells, a black cap and a pair of sandals.

On July 4, last year, a detachment of police personnel from Amasaman was detailed to arrest someone in a house at Kuntunse. However, on arrival, Quarshie was heard informing someone to abscond, as the police were around.

Prosecution said the policemen became suspicious and rounded him up and during a search in his room, a sub-machine gun with six rounds of ammunition, were retrieved from him.

Quarshie admitted owning the gun, the ammunition, a black cap and a pair of sandals found at the robbery scene adding he and two others robbed the complainant, the prosecutor said.—GNA


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