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08.03.2005 Crime & Punishment

Driver Robs Accident Victime

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Dunkwa-on-Offin -- Kofi Amoako, 35, a driver who stole an accident victim's money under the pretext of assisting him, has been sentenced to 36 months jail term with hard labour by a Dunkwa Circuit Court.

Amoako stole ¢10.6 million from the accident victim he pretended to help. He pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing and the court, presided over by Justice Eric Baah,convicted him on his own plea.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Hayford Osei told the court that on February 1,this year,Mr Kwame Yeboah,the victim was travelling from Prestea to Kumasi on a 33-seater bus.

On reaching a section of the road near Anhwia-Nkwanta,the bus ran into a ditch and the passengers sustained various degrees of injury, with Yeboah falling into a state of coma.

Moments later, a 207 Mercedes Benz bus arrived on the scene and Amoako,the driver, who also goes by the name Bungelet,went to the aid of the victims.

Chief Inspector Osei said Amoako found a leather bag which contained money tied around the waist of Mr Yeboah,and secretly removed it before the victims were sent to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment.

He alleged that when Amoako arrived in Kumasi, he went to bargain for a Hyundai Excel car for ¢11 million and made part payment of ¢9.5 million.

He said that a week later, Mr Yeboah regained consciousness and when he realised that his parents were worried over where to get money to buy the drugs prescribed for him,he told them to contact those people who had assisted them,since he had ¢10.6 million on him at the time of the accident.Through their own investigations, the parents got to know that Amoako removed the bag containing the money.

They reported the matter to the police and on February 13, this year Amoako confessed to the Dunkwa Police during interrogation and explained that he “judiciously” used the money and refunded ¢7.9 million to the victims parents. He also paid ¢500,000 as part payment at the court when the case was called .

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