Two persons, including a physically-challenged,
who conspired to rob a bread seller at knifepoint, at Bantama in Kumasi, have
been sentenced to a total of 22 years imprisonment by a Kumasi circuit court.
Kwaku Gyasi, the physically-challenged, whose disability hampered him from running away from the crime scene, was arrested, and he identified the other accomplice, Emmanuel Teiko, whilst the third accomplice, only named as Awudu, is on the run.
The two pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery, and they were convicted on their own pleas.
Kwaku Gyasi was jailed 10 years on both counts, while Emmanuel Teiko also got 12 years on both counts. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Chief Inspector Timothy Amoako told the court the complainant, Comfort Agambille, was a resident of Santasi in Kumasi, and a bread seller.
The court heard that the bread seller was attacked after alighting from a vehicle at Bantama.
Chief Insp Amoako said the complainant was on her way to a baker’s house to receive her daily supply of bread, when the miscreants pulled a knife at her, and ordered her to surrender all that she had on her.
Prosecution said when the victim handed over a polythene containing ITEL phone, GH¢1,600 and a GH¢5 worth of bread, to accused, they bolted.
Chief Insp Amoako said the complainant raised the
alarm, which attracted some residents, who pursued the accused.
The prosecution said the disabled, sought refuge under a non-functioning school bus, parked in front of a house in the vicinity.
Chief Insp Amoako said some people saw the disabled and arrested and handed him over to the Suntreso Police.
Prosecution said during police interrogation, Gyasi mentioned the names of the other accomplices.
Chief Insp Amoako said Teiko was arrested at a hideout by some community members, who found the stolen itel mobile phone in his possession.
He said the two convicts led the police to the crime scene, where the sachet and its content was retrieved in a gutter at North Suntreso, but without the GH¢1600. – GNA