For robbing a student of the University of Ghana, Legon, of her cash, mobile phones and other items, an unemployed youngman was yesterday jailed 11 years in hard labour by the Accra Circuit Court ‘One’.
Mumin Asuma, was said to have attacked Miss Angela Ayinne Agambila near the University of Ghana Sports Stadium at about 9pm on August 26, and robbed her of GH¢1,350 cash, a Samsung Galaxy A5 mobile phone valued GH¢1,400.00, Huawei mobile phone costing GH¢250.00, two pairs of ladies’ cross sandals valued GH¢100.00, two necklaces costing GH¢220.00, a bag valued at GH¢35.00, two ATM cards, a driver’s licence, ladies’ purse, a Bible and other documents.
No amount of tears and plea for pardon by the accused could move the judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, who did not mince his words telling the accused that students of this nation were in dire need of peaceful and serene environment to study, and characters like him whose conduct threatened the lives of Ghanaians, especially students, should be kept away.
He cautioned students to be mindful of people who enter the campuses, and further called on school authorities to strengthen security so as to protect lives and property.
The prosecutor, Superintendent Kwaku Bempah, had told the court that the complainant, Miss Agambila, a student of the University of Ghana, was returning to the Campus from Madina at about 9pm in August 26, when the Asuma, who had been trailing her, pounced on her at the George Benneh Round-about, near the Legon Sports Stadium, and robbed her of all the items.
He fled after the act, and Miss Agambila reported the incident to the police.
And during investigations, the police traced and arrested Asuma,
and a search of his room led to the recovery of the bag, which contained the items except the two necklaces. He had spent part of the GH¢1,350.00 he took, leaving only GH¢500.00.
Supt. Bempah said Asuma admitted the offence in his cautioned statement, but indicated that the amount he stole was GH¢854.00 not GH¢1,350.00 as claimed.
He was consequently convicted on his own plea of guilty and sentenced to 11 years prison term in hard labour.
By Castro Zangina-Tong