A labourer who attacked an Information Technology consultant with a knife in front of a church at Weija, was yesterday jailed 16 years in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court “One”.
Abu Issah attacked Mr. Johnson Abossey of Teshie Nungua Estates, who went to Sampa Valley to take part in an all-night service of the Light House Chapel and tried to rob him of his Samsung Duos Mobile phone at about 12.30 am on September 19, 2015.
But the convict, who had no lawyer to defend him, denied the offence during his trial, and said that he only approached the complainant to enquire about time because he (complainant) wore a wrist watch.
The judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, said that despite the conflicting evidence Issah gave to the court, prosecution had been able to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt.
He said that young men of today had blatantly thrown the fear of God to the dogs, and rather taken the laws into their own hands, and were terrorising innocent people in the country.
Mr. Tandoh took the convict’s plea for mitigation and the seven months he had already spent in police custody into consideration and jailed him 16 years in hard labour, to serve as a deterrent to other young men who have taken the delight in “reaping where they have not sown”.
The facts were that Issah was a labourer and resident of Aplaku in Accra, whilst the complainant, Mr. Johnson Abossey, a software developer, lived at the Teshie-Nungua Estates, Accra.
On September 19, 2015, at about 12.30 am, the complainant went to Sampa Valley at Weija to take part in an all-night service at the Light House Chapel.
The prosecution said that upon reaching the church, Mr. Abossey found the gate locked so he took his mobile phone to call one of the members for help, only to see the convict and one other person passing by.
When they saw him alone waiting behind the gate, Issah attacked the complainant with knife and attempted to rob him of his Samsung Duos mobile phone but he resisted fiercely and raised an alarm leading to the arrest and prosecution of the convict.
By Castro Zangina-Tong