Two young men were yesterday sentenced to a total of 40 years in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court for robbery. The convicted persons are Atta Kofi Kyei aka Fresh Boy and Amid Yakubu, barber.
The court presided over by Francis Obiri in separate judgements found the accused persons guilty of their offences and handed each of them a 20-year jail term.
In the case of Fresh Boy, prosecution said he had on January 5 this year at Atomic Junction robbed one Rosina Asare of her handbag containing one Nokia mobile phone, one Blackberry Q10 mobile phone valued at GH¢ 1,200, a cash amount of GH¢200 and other personal items.
According to the prosecutor, DSP Patrick Morkeh, the complainant, who is resident at Agbogba in Accra, at 10pm at the aforementioned date alighted at first bus stop close to PRESEC and Atomic Junction to cross to the other side of the road to board another vehicle to Kwabenya. He added that as soon as she alighted the convict emerged from the bush and attacked the complainant, threatening to cause physical harm to her.
The police officer said Fresh Boy collected the aforementioned items and bolted into the nearby bush.
DSP Morkeh stated that Rosina reported the case to the police who were on night snap check duty at the scene of the incident and saw the convict and another accomplice emerging from the bush.
He said Fresh Boy and his accomplice, upon seeing the police officers, took to their heels but were arrested upon a tipoff.
The police officer said Fresh Boy in his caution statement admitted the offence and led the police to retrieve Rosina’s handbag without its contents.
It is the case of prosecution that the accused and one Kojo, currently at large, on December 26 last year at Omanjor, a suburb of Accra, robbed one Budu Yaw Joseph, a cabbie, of his wallet containing his driver’s license, voter’s ID card, a G-seven mobile phone valued at GH¢300 and a cash sum of GH¢180.
At his first appearance, the convict admitted the offence and was accordingly sentenced on his own plea.
He was handed 15 and 20 years for conspiracy and robbery respectively.
The prosecutor said at 10:30am while Budu was working with his vehicle, Amid boarded the vehicle from Sowutuom Mambo to Omanjor, adding that on reaching a section of the road at Omanjor, Amid, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, pulled a knife on Budu.
The prosecution indicated that Budu, sensing danger, quickly obliged and gave Amid the aforementioned items.
The prosecution said after the act the duo escaped, indicating that on January 2 this year Budu went to a drinking spot within the vicinity and spotted his mobile phone with a salesgirl called Debora Asiedu and made a report to the police, leading to the arrest of Debora.
In her caution statement she (Debora) mentioned Amid as the source and he was subsequently arrested.
The prosecutor disclosed that a search conducted in his (Amid’s) room revealed Budu’s mobile phone together with his wallet.
H/T - Daily Guide