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18.11.2008 Crime & Punishment

Two Teenagers Jailed 50 Years

Two teenagers have been sentenced to a total of 50 years in hard labour for causing harm and attempting to rob.

The convicts, Abdulai Banaba, 18, and Kwabena Nsor, 16, pleaded guilty to the charges and were handed a jail term of 25 years each by a Kumasi Circuit Court.

Briefing The Mirror, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko, said the convicts lived at the Race Course area in Kumasi.

On October 26, 2008, Banaba, Nsor and two others at large identified as Baba Azuma and Baba, went to a house at Kwadaso Mango Down and ordered one Mavis Oduro at gun point to go and knock the door of her grandmother.

At that point, Mavis recognised Nsor as a former worker at her grandmother's block-making factory. She therefore refused the orders of the armed men, who inflicted cutlass wounds on her.

Inspector Tanko said Mavis shouted for help, which brought her grandmother out of her room.

Both of them shouted for help attracting the attention of members of the neighborhood watch committee.

The members were able to arrest Banaba and Nsor while the two others escaped

Story by Kwame Asare Boadu