A 30-year-old electronic technician at Klikor in the Volta Region has been sentenced to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Aflao Circuit Court for conspiracy and attempted robbery.
The convict, Lawrence Afavi, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and attempting to commit crime and the court convicted him on his own plea.
On the first count, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment while he was jailed for 60 years on count two. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
The facts of the case were that in October this year, Afavi and one Gbogbo, who is now at large, hatched a plot to rob a businessman, one Mr Jacob Asimadi, who is the owner of Delali Stores at Agbozume.
Afavi recruited two other persons to assist in the execution of the plot, but the recruits went back and hinted the businessman who also informed the police of the intended action.
The police advised the informants to show interest in the plot and on October 30, 2010, when the plot was to be executed the police laid ambush at the residence of the businessman at Adanukope.
At about 7 pm. when the businessman arrived home from work, the group including the informants rushed on him at knife and gun point to surrender sales for the day, but the police quickly pounced on them and arrested Afavi and retrieved the knife from him, but Gbogbo managed to escape with the gun.
Afavi admitted the offence but claimed the plot was hatched by Gbogbo and he in turn helped in the recruitment of other group members.
Before sentence was passed, Afavi pleaded for leniency on the ground that the plot could not succeed after all.
The court, however, ignored the plea.