Taxi driver gets 13 years for robbery

A taxi driver was last Friday sentenced to 13 years in prison in hard labour by the Accra Circuit Court one for robbing an insurance officer.

Sulemana Haruna, the convict, told the judge that he stole the car to take care of his wife and his new born baby.

He pleaded “Please forgive me, I stole the car to fend for my wife who has just given birth because I don’t have money.”

The judge, Mr Aboagye Tandoh, convicted and sentenced the culprit on his plea of guilty.

Haruna, from Somanya in the Eastern Region robbed Mr Micheal Adomako, of his unregistered Toyota corolla Salon Car he was offering for sale, which the convict showed interest in but ended up absconding with it.

Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, prosecutor, said upon seeing ‘for sale’, and a telephone number displayed on the car, Sulemana called the victim on April 21, 2017 and told him that he wanted to buy the car.
They met on April 22, 2017, at about 11:30am at East Legon and the two persons agreed on a price of GH¢36,000. The convict then  requested that they should test the car.
The prosecutor said that Mr Adomako requested that a security man should join them on the test-drive, but Sulemana objected to the idea, and told the complainant that because he (Sulemana) had huge sum of money on him he felt uncomfortable with the presence of the security man for the fear that they might rob him.
According to Chief Inspector Adu, the two drove the car in turns to test it, and when they got to the North Legon Hospital Road Intersection, Suleman, who was on the front seat asked Mr Adomako to allow him drive the car once more to ascertain whether it was worth buying.
He said Adomako got down from the car and told Sulemana to take over and as soon as the complainant tried to open the front door he (Sulemana) sped off towards Libya Quarters. The car dragged Mr Adomako to a distance,and he sustained injuries.
Chief Insp Adu said that in July 18, 2017, the police arrested Sulemana at Somanya.

He said that a blue and yellow Toyota Corolla Taxi with registration number GT 4141-17 was retrieved from the convict together with a white envelope containing the embossment of  Star Assurance Logo containing the document of the victim’s car and trade plate number DP 698-17 which were in the unregistered car at the time of the robbery.
The prosecutor said that the chassis number of the taxi was that of Mr Adomako’s Toyata corolla salon car which Sulemana had converted into a taxi and registered in his name.

By Castro Zangina-Tong 

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