An armed robber, who pleaded with the Accra Circuit Court “One” for mitigation, told the judge that “to err is human”.
He said, “when your baby ‘sh-ts’ on your lap, you do not chop it off,” ostensibly to exact compassion or sympathy from the trial judge.
But Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, judge of the court, was not moved by the antics of Kwesi Asampana, a driver, and of resident of Madina Estates and sentenced him to 25 years hard labour.
His accomplice, Dodzi Lorvi, unemployed, was also slapped with 25 years jail term.
The convicts, who were armed with knives and cutting pliers invaded the premises of the victims at Adjiringanor Accra, in the Greater Accra Region, at about 2:00 a.m. on February 16, 2016, making away with assorted items valued at GH¢8,300 and cash of GH¢200.00.
They admitted committing the crime when they were arrested from their hiding places.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patience Mario told the court that the complainants, a banker and a student, both lived in the same house at Adjiringanor.
She said that on February 16 this year, Asampana and Lorvi, armed with dangerous implements, attacked the victims in their house at about 2:00 am and took one Samsung tablet phone, a Samsung note 3 phone, one I phone, a 32-inches flat screen television, a power bank, a golden Rolex watch, amounting to GH¢8,300.00, and GH¢200.00 cash.
They told the police, upon their arrest, that, they sold the flat screen television to a trader at the Madina Market at GH¢400.00 and the rest of the items to one Kwabena, (now on the run) at GH¢800.00 and shared the proceeds equally (ie GH¢600. each).
The prosecutor said that a search conducted in the house of Dodzi Lorvi led to the retrieval of one Samsung mobile phone, belonging to the female student, who was also raped by the Kwesi Asampana, the first accused.
Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, was however worried that the young men had made crime their occupation, instead of engaging in meaningful ventures to earn a living and sentenced the miscreants to 25 years each in prison to serve their conviction in hard labour.
By Castro Zangina-Tong