7 jailed 175 years for robbery

Seven persons who robbed a Supreme Court judge and a banker of their vehicles, a laptop and other personal effects at gun point, have been sentenced to a total jail term of 175 years by an Accra circuit court.

Nene Kwadwo Tetteh, aka Chairman Obed, who was not present while judgement was to being pronounced, has been sentenced to 25 years in absentia. Welbeck Oppong, an accomplice, who escaped from lawful custody and still at large, was also sentenced 25 years in absentia.

The rest of the accused persons who witnessed the trial namely: Nana Kwabena Ackah, Isaac Agyemang aka Batman, Kweku Boaning, Frederick Kwasi Boateng aka Boat and Kofi Debrah were jailed 25 years each by the court after a full trial.This was after the court presided over by Justice

Aboagye Tandoh, a High Court judge sitting with additional responsibility as a circuit court judge, found them guilty at the end of the trial.They were variously charged with conspiracy to commit crime to wit robbery, three counts of robbery and having possession of stolen property.Meanwhile, Delali Alomatu, an accomplice, who pleaded guilty before the commencement of the trial in year 2016, was serving 24 years jail term.Prosecuting, Inspector Samuel Ahiabor narrated that the complainants in the case were Supreme Court Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo, who was then a Court of Appeal Judge and Mr Anthony Kodua Bediako, a banker.Inspector Ahiabor said the accused persons were self-styled businessmen.

Prosecution said on December 8, 2016, at about 8:30 pm, the first complainant, Justice Torkonu was on board her official vehicle, Toyota Fortuna vehicle with registration Number GM 6852-13 and was returning from a night church service. Upon reaching her residence at Baatsonaa-Spintex area, she was attacked by a gang of armed robbers numbering more than six who attacked and robbed her of her vehicle, one Apple Macbook laptop valued at GH₵ 1,300.00 and one iPhone valued at GH₵ 600.00, cash of GH₵ 900.00, US$ 50.00 and her three Bibles and bolted.

The robbers not satisfied, further drove Justice Torkornoo’s vehicle to the house of Mr Bediako (2nd complainant’s ) at Anyaa, where they further attacked him at gun point and robbed him of his Hyundai Santafe Sport Wagon vehicle Number GR 714-16, cash of GH₵ 350.00 and Huawai mobile phone and bolted.Prosecution said investigation led to the arrest of the accused persons who were charged with the offences.GNA

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