Victor Richmond Ato Sagoe, a level 300 student of the Valley View University at Oyibi in Accra, was jailed 18 years in hard labour by the Accra Circuit Court “One” for attempted robbery and possessing 19 rounds of ammunition without lawful authority.
Also sentenced to 18 years in prison, was his accomplice, Prince Amoah, popularly called Narrow, a labourer at the Police Hospital Mortuary.
Two other persons, who were part of the gang, managed to escape.
They attempted to snatch a Toyota Corolla taxi with registration number GW 8379-14 from Mr. Bismark Acquaye at Dzorwulu, in July 28, 2014.
The police retrieved three rounds of ammunition and a pepper spray from the bag of Prince Amoah, during a search.
Richmond Ato Sagoe pulled out a pistol belonging to his father (an ex-police officer) and shot General Lance Corporal Gideon Duut, who was part of a police patrol team, at his chest.
Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka, told the court that Sagoe armed himself with his father’s pistol and 19 live bullets on July 28, 2014.
He said that the convict approached his friend, Prince Amoah (jailed) for them to embark on robbery, and Nana Yaw Poku and T.I. (currently on the fun) joined them.
According to the prosecutor, the group went to a drinking bar, called Container, at the Osu Oxford Street, in Accra, to hatch plans for that day.
Chief Sup Tuaruka said the robbers stopped a taxi and instructed the driver, Mr. Acquaye to take them to Dzorwulu.
On their way after the Kawukudi traffic light, Sagoe enquired from the driver whether he (driver) understood Ga, but the taxi driver, who is a Ga, answered no.
The prosecutor said that when the gang got to a dark place, Sagoe and the accomplices attacked the driver and snatched his taxi and ordered him to park at a darker area, but Mr Acquaye drove to a police checkpoint and alerted the policemen on duty.
The court heard that police began to search Prince Amoah, who had a bag containing three live bullets and a pepper spray.
When the police attempted to search Sagoe, he pulled out a pistol and fired at the chest of General Lance Corporal Gideon Duut.
The convicts were arrested but the other two accomplices escaped, and a further search in Prince Amoah’s room led to the retrieval of extra 15 live bullets.
By Castro Zangina-Tong