Mechanic jailed 60yrs for robbery
By Helena Selby
An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a mechanic to sixty years imprisonment in hard labour, for robbing one Helen of Odorkor Terrazzo road of an amount of GH¢1,400 at gun point.
The accused person, Kwasi Badu, acted together with Godfred Obeng Darko and Kwasi Ato, who made away with two mobile phones worth GH¢900.
A misunderstanding that ensued between them during the sharing of the proceeds made Godfred to shoot at the neck and chest of one Emmanuel Hammond, who is currently at large.
The accused person was arrested from his hideout after escaping from the police with his accomplices through a window. Meanwhile, his accomplices are yet to be arraigned before the court.
Kwasi Badu pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and was convicted on his own plea before the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri.
Narrating the facts of the case, the Prosecutor, DSP Patrick Mokeh told the court that on December 13, 2011, the accused person and his accomplice, Godfred Obeng Darko and Kwasi Ato, now at large, went and robbed at Odorkor Terrazzo road.
The prosecutor further noted that in the course of sharing the booty, misunderstanding ensued between Godfred Obeng Darko and one of his accomplices; Emmanuel Hammond alias dead body, who is currently at large.
According to him in the course of the argument, Godfred shot Emmanuel in the neck and chest.
DSP Mokeh emphasized that the police had a tipoff that the accused person and his accomplices were hiding in a village called Budauatta in the Central Region, however, a team of policemen who were dispatched to the village to arrest them court not get them as the culprits managed to escape through a window.
“On July 1, 2012, the accused person, Godfred Obeng Darko and Nii Solomon Lamptey were arrested from their hideout at Budduatta and upon a search in their room, a locally manufactured pistol and four cartridges were found”, the prosecutor told the court.
He said Godfred Obeng Darko in his cautioned statement admitted the offence and mentioned Emmanuel Hammond, Kwasi Atto and the accused person as his accomplices.
DSP Mokeh further noted that Godfred also mentioned one Obour as the person, who gave him, the locally manufactured pistol but failed to lead the police to the said Obour.
The prosecutor recounted that on October 7, 2012, the accused person, Kwasi Badu was arrested from his hideout and disclosed to the police that he and his accomplices have been robbing people in Accra, Central Region, Volta Region, Tema and Takoradi.
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