An Accra Circuit Court convicted the three criminals for being part of a gang that robbed a liquor distribution company at Mamprobi.
It was such a difficult moment for Hafiz Ali’s father as his son who had been convicted 25 years cried, “Forgive me for all the troubles that I have caused you since I was born. I know I might not survive prison, but all I need is your forgiveness.’’
An Accra Circuit Court convicted the three criminals for being part of a gang that robbed a liquor distribution company at Mamprobi and killing a guard in the process.
Hafiz Ali broke down and apologised profusely to his father as he saw him and some relatives who witnessed his conviction.
The heartbroken father could be seen talking to his son as he was being conveyed to the prison in a police vehicle and encouraging him to be strong.
According to a Daily graphic report, Yakubu Shaibu, another member of the gang was also sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Laryea, a worker at the company, who was found guilty of aiding the robbers to conduct their operation was also slapped with a 25-year jail term.
Ali and Shaibu were found guilty of conspiracy to rob and robbery and were sentenced to 25 years each on each count, while Laryea was also found guilty of abetment of robbery.
According to the court, all the sentences would run concurrently.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Victor Dosso, narrated to the court that, on July 18, 2013 at about 4 p.m., six armed men on two motorcycles invaded the premises of Kweku Swanzy Enterprise Limited, a retail company of assorted drinks.
He said “They ordered all the workers around the gate to get into the company’s premises. This was followed by another order to all the workers to lie on the floor. The robbers shot the security man of the company and stole about GH¢3, 710.”
The prosecution said the security man was pronounced dead after he was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Chief Inspector Dosso said a CCTV camera captured the robbery scene and the faces of all the robbers.
He addaed that “It also captured Laryea, leading the robbers to the company’s offices. Upon a tip off, Shaibu was arrested at Abossey Okai. Afterwards, Ali was also arrested.”
The judge said in convicting the criminals that, “Issues of mistaken identities may arise, but in this case, the CCTV footage clearly identified Ali and Shaibu as members of the robbery gang.”
With regard to Laryea, the court held that there was clear evidence that he aided the robbers to get access to the company to conduct their operation.
The judge, Mr Aboagye Tandoh said the CCTV footage showed Laryea following the robbers in a calm manner, while the other workers were being ordered around to lie down.
“His role was to facilitate the robbers’ entry to the company.’’ The judge added.
Mr Tandoh stated that there was evidence to show that Ali and Shaibu were notorious robbers who had “little consideration for humanity.’’