Photo: The Convict, Abu Issah
A Labourer has been sentenced to sixteen (16) years in prison with hard labour by a Circuit Court in Accra for attempting to commit crime to wit, robbery.
The Convict, Abu Issah attacked one Johnson Abbosey at knife point and attempted to rob him of his Samsung Duos mobile phone whilst the Complainant was attending an all-night church service at the Sampa Valley branch of the Lighthouse Chapel International at Weija.
Abu Issah was charged with an attempt to commit crime to wit, robbery but he denied the charge leveled against him by the Police in both his preliminary statement and defence before the court. After trial of the case for almost seven months, the Court found him guilty of the offence, stating that the Prosecution was able to establish sufficient evidence and also proved beyond reasonable doubt that the Convict indeed had an intention to rob the Complainant of his mobile phone at knife point.
Sentencing the Convict, the Court took into consideration the Accusedfs plea for mitigation and the seven months that he had been in custody, adding that he was also a young man.
Pronouncing judgment, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh enunciated that unfortunately, men of today seem to be losing the fear of God and rather had the courage to steal and rob even where the name of God was mentioned. The Presiding Judge added that this was the more reason why issues of robbery or attempted ones must not be tolerated, stating that all such conduct must be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent. eThe Accused is sentenced to sixteen (16) years imprisonment with hard labourf, His Honour delivered judgment.
Background to the Case
Narrating the brief facts of the case, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful said that the Complainant, Johnson Abbosey is an IT consultant and a resident of Teshie Nungua Estates whilst the Convict, Abu Issah is a labourer who lives at Aplaku in Accra.
The Police Officer also told the court that on the 19th of September, 2015, at about 12:30am, the Complainant went to Sampa Valley at Weija to take part in an all-night service at Lighthouse Chapel International, adding that when the Complainant got to the church, the gate was locked so he picked up his mobile phone to call one of the members to come and open for him.
Chief Inspector Afful further stated that the Convict and one other person were passing by and when they saw the Complainant waiting behind the church gate, the Convict attacked the Complainant with a knife and attempted to rob him of his Samsung Duos mobile phone but the Complainant resisted and this resulted in a fierce battle between them. The Complainant (Complainant) raised an alarm and the church members heard his alarm and rushed to the scene. They arrested the Convict and handed him over to the Police, the Police Officer added.
The Prosecution also said that in the Convictfs Caution Statement to the Police, he denied the offence and claimed that he only approached the Complainant to enquire about the time, stating that after investigation the Convict was charged with the offence of attempting to commit crime to wit, robbery.