An Unemployed man has been jailed 15 years by a Circuit Court in Accra for robbing a Driver.
The accused, Ernest Asamoah, was charged with an attempt to commit crime, to wit robbery. He pleaded guilty to the offence, in his Preliminary Statement.
He was therefore convicted on his own plea and given a 15-year jail term.
‘My Lord, I pray the court to be lenient with me. I was in dire need of money so I went to the Complainant’s house for help. My Lord, I made a big mistake of attacking the Complainant with a knife. I therefore pray the court for forgiveness. I will not do that again’, the accused pleaded for mitigation.
In sentencing, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, took into consideration the fact that the accused readily admitted the offence, and also the knife that was used by the accused person to attack the Complainant had been retrieved. The trial judge also took into consideration the accused person’s plea for mitigation and the fact that he was a first time offender, hence he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Background to the Case
Prior to the judgment, the prosecutor, DSP Bempah informed the court that the Complainant, Joseph Assan is a driver and resides at Israel while the accused, Ernest Asamoah is unemployed and lives at Tabora in Accra.
The prosecutor also said that on the 3rd of December, 2015 at about 10:00pm, the accused went to the complainant’s house wielding a knife. The Accused burst into Complainant’s living-room where Complainant was watching television with his wife.
The police officer added that the accused held them hostage and threatened them to shut up. The complainant’s wife, fearful of her life, got out of the room and she was chased by the accused person until she fell.
‘The accused got hold of her and ordered her to go back into the room, adding that the complainant raised an alarm and some people assisted him to disarm the accused. The accused was subsequently sent to the police station’ the prosecutor said.
DSP Bempah further told the court that in the course of investigations, the accused stated that he only went to the complainant’s house to collect money from him. The accused was thus charged with the offence of robbery after police investigations, the police officer added.