Taxi driver jailed 15yrs for attempted robbery

By Helena Selby

An Accra circuit court yesterday sentenced a taxi driver to 15 years in prison with hard labour, for preparing to commit a robbery.

In its judgment, the court, presided over by Mr. Eric Kyei Baffour, found the accused person, Daniel Kumah, guilty on the charges of preparing to commit robbery and possession of firearm.

According to the court, the prosecution had provided enough evidence to warrant the conviction of the accused person.

The facts of the case are that on June 18, 2010, at about 12:10 a.m., a joint police and military team went on snap check duty at the Awudome cemetery junction.

The court was informed that during their usual checks, the joint security team intercepted an Opel taxi cab with registration number GT 5751-10, driven by one Ahmed Tijani Mohammed, and occupied by Henry Barnes, both witnesses in this case, and the accused person.

When the security men on duty conducted a search on the taxi cab, they found one locally made pistol, live ammunition, a small knife, and a talisman, in a small brown bag.

When the accused person was questioned, he claimed ownership of the bag, and further said he stole the pistol from his late grandfather’s room at Assin Praso, and had requested his friend to assist him to dispose off the pistol at the Neoplan station in Accra.

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