2 Robbers Get 20-Years
An Accra Circuit Court on Monday handed a ten year jail term to two persons who were charged for assault and robbery.
The two, Alex Owusu Appiah, a 36 year old Excavator Operator and Kofi Mensah a 48 year old driver; assaulted one David Frimpong and robbed him of his Kia Picanto Taxi worth GHÈ¼24,000.00 and an amount of GHÈ¼400.00.
They pleaded guilty to both charges and were convicted and sentenced on their own plea.
The two are to serve three months each for assault and 10 years each for robbery, both to run concurrently.
In sentencing the two, the court Presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh said it took into consideration their plea for mitigation, the number of days they had already spent in custody and the fact that they did not waste the court's time.
The court also ordered the police to release the said vehicle to the complainant.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu who presented the facts of the case, told the court that, the complainant was a taxi driver living at Alajo, whilst Alex was a resident of Nkawei, a suburb of Kumasi and Kofi lived in Tema.
He said on December 4, whilst the complainant was working with his taxi within Lapaz and its environs at about 0130 hours, the two hired his services from Lapaz to Oyarifa Special Ice.
He said on reaching a place called J.B. Estate, they assaulted and forced the complainant out of the taxi, pushed him into a nearby bush and sped off with the vehicle, including his Nokia 16 mobile phone, and an amount of GHÈ¼400.00.
Mr Adu said on the same day at about 0800 hours, upon a police wireless message sent to all stations from Accra, the Suame Police intercepted the taxi in question, together with Alex and Kofi, at the Suame roundabout.
He told the court that on December 7, the two were brought down to the Ayi Mensah Police Station for investigation. They admitted the offence in their caution statement.
By Hafsa Obeng, GNA