Student jailed 20yrs for robbery

A Circuit Court in Accra yesterday sentenced a 28-year-old electrical student to 20 years imprisonment in hard labour, for robbery.

Joshua Kodwo, alias Jerry Quainoo, pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and was convicted on his plea.

Prosecuting, Inspector Martin Acheampong, told the court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri that the complainant was a Chief Commercial Officer at the African World Airline, while the convict is a resident of Satellite, a suburb of Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region.

He said the police received several complaints from motorists who ply the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)-Legon road of attacks and robberies.

The police night patrol team was consequently, alerted to arrest the perpetrators.

On October 25, 2014, at about 9:45 p.m., victim was driving a Renault saloon car from Fiesta Royale Hotel towards Kisseman and on reaching the GIMPA traffic lights, the accused emerged from the bush and opened her door.

Kodwo then threatened him with a big hammer, picked her hand bag containing GH¢960.00, three Ghanaian passports, cheque books and personal documents and took to his heels.

However, on October 28, 2014, a police patrol team at Kisseman picked snippets of information about Kodwo’s presence in the area, moved in and arrested him.

On December 9, 2014, an identification parade was held by the Tesano District Police Command and complainant identified Kodwo as her attacker.

Further search of his room revealed one British and Nigerian passport covers belonging to victim.

Passing the sentence, Mr. Obiri expressed worry at the increasing spate of robberies in the country.

He said able-bodied and energetic persons, particularly the youth, must invest in enterprising ventures for their own good.

By Malik Sullemana & Mavis Menano      

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