AN armed robber who was due to be sentenced by the Accra Circuit Court “One”, started quoting a verse from the Holy Bible when the judge asked whether he had something to tell the court.
David Asare, a shoe seller, told the court, presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, that “the Holy Bible says that in all we should give thanks to the Lord”.
Then he went ahead to plead with the judge to tamper justice with mercy “since I have three children to cater for and my sentence to prison will ruin their future”.
However, Mr. Tandoh weighed the gravity of the offence against his plea, and sentenced him to 25 years jail term in hard labour.
Two of his accomplices, Jerry Danquah, a driver, and Isaac Donkor (alias Kofi Nyankomago), a basket weaver and ex-convict, also got 25 years each in hard labour.
Before passing sentence, Mr. Tandoh said their conduct in subjecting their victims to severe beating indicated that they had no regard for human beings and deserved a harsher sentence.
Jerry Danquah, who was the first accused during trial, also told the judge that he had repented of all the sins he had committed in his lifetime, and would now need time to look after his three children.
The three armed robbers were arrested by the police at the Chopoli barrier on the Tema-Sogakope Highway, after they had robbed an engineer working with Shell Ghana Ltd., now Vivo Energy, at New Weija.
They used his own flying tie to tie him up, after he had given them GH¢600.00 on demand, beat him severely, and ransacked his room.
They made away with an HPlaptop, one Apple IPod, a Samsung Galaxy Phone, external hardrive, four wrist watches, one computer mouse, two necklaces, some coins and a Toyota Hilux with registration number ER 3158-11, which was parked in the complainant’s compound.
The prosecution said a tracking device installed in the vehicles, helped the police to arrest the criminals with their booty.
According to the prosecution, the suspects led the police to Denu in the Volta Region, where a V8 Landcruiser, with registration number GT 4727-09 which they had earlier stolen, was retrieved.
The victims identified their tormentors at an identification parade at the Weija Police Station.
By Castro Zangina-Tong