A Trader has been slapped with a 26-year prison term by an Accra Circuit Court for robbery.
The Convict, Michael Appiah Mends and his accomplices raped a lady at Nungua in Accra and robbed her of her Toshiba laptop computer, two mobile phones and an amount of money, all to the tune of GH 3,445.00 cedis.
Michael readily pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and was convicted on his own plea.
In sentencing the Convict, the presiding judge, His Honour Aboagye Tandoh was mindful of the three days that Michael had been in custody, his plea for mitigation, weapons and implements as well as the method used by the Convict and his accomplices in their robbery expedition. The Presiding Judge also heard that the conduct of the Convict was a threat to society hence must not be encouraged. Michael was accordingly handed a 26-year jail term.
In a separate development, the Convict is facing criminal charges in two different cases but he said he was innocent of the charges leveled against him by the Police. He was thereafter, dremanded to reappear on Friday, the 13th of May, 2016.
The Prosecutor has also disclosed that Michael was an accomplice of one Benjamin Akwei, a convict who is serving a 72-year jail term for similar offences but he denied having conspired with Benjamin to commit any criminal act.
Background to the Case
Hours earlier, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Adu informed the court that the Complainant (her name withheld by GhanaJustice) is a banker and a resident at Nungua whilst the Convict, Michael Appiah Mends lives at Kokrobite in Accra.
The Police Officer said that on the 4th of February, 2016, at about 2:00am, the Convict together with one Benjamin Akwei, a convict and Anago Macho who is on the run, armed with a machete, a pair of scissors, a cutter, a torch and a screw driver entered the bedroom of the Complainant and robbed her of one Toshiba laptop computer valued at GH 1,600.00 cedis, an HTC Desire 816 and one Nokia mobile phones, both valued at GH 950.00 and GH 95.00 cedis respectively and cash in the sum of GH 800.00 cedis.
Chief Inspector Adu also stated that after the robbery, Michael and his accomplices took turns to have sexual intercourse with the Complainant.
The Prosecution further indicated that on the 29th of March, 2016, a convict, Benjamin Akwei who fits the description given to the Police by the Complainant was arrested. He continued that on the 3rd of April, 2016, Benjamin Akwei confessed committing the offence and mentioned the convict, Michael and one Anago Macho (at large) respectively as his accomplices on the 2nd of May, 2016, at about 11: am, adding that upon a tip off, Michael was arrested at his hide out at Kokrobite, a suburb of Accra.
When the Convict was cautioned he readily admitted the offence and then led the Police to the house of the Complainant and demonstrated how he (Michael), together with his accomplices gained ingress into the Complainant’s bedroom to carry out the dastardly act. After investigation, Michael was charged with the offence of robbery, Chief Inspector Adu told the court.