An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a Driver to 17 years in prison with hard labour for conspiracy and robbery.
The Convict, Kwabena Boakye and his accomplices who were on two separate motorbikes robbed two ladies of their iPhone 6S and Samsung galaxy A3 mobile phones, all to the tune of GH 4,500.00 cedis.
Kwabena Boakye was charged with two counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy and he readily admitted the offences pleading that it would not happen again.
Sentencing the Convict, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh said that the use of motorbikes in robbery seems to be on the rise hence requiring a deterrent sentence to signal that society wouldn’t tolerate robbery. The Presiding Judge jailed the Convict 17 years on each count, to run concurrently after His Honour had taken into consideration the few days that the Convict had been in custody for and the fact that the items had been retrieved by the Police.
In the same case, a third Accused, Julius Kafui Papah who was charged with possession of stolen property (iPhone 6S) was slapped with a fine of GH 4,800.00 cedis (400 penal units) after he had also pleaded guilty to the offence, in default of the fine, he will serve a six-year jail term.
In a related development, the second Accused in the case, Eric Adabreh was also charged with two counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy but he pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him by the Police, adding that he was a 15-year-old boy when the Judge asked of his age.
His Honour said that the Police should take Eric to hospital to determine his age hence he was remanded to reappear on Monday, the 30th of May, 2016.
Background to the Case
Hours earlier, the Prosecution, Chief Superintendent Tuaruka Duuti told the court that the Complainants, Assumpta Adom Dickens and Madison Caruso are a designer and an international volunteer respectively who reside at North Kaneshie Last Stop in Accra.
The Police Officer also said that the first Accused, Kwabena Boakye is a driver whilst the second Accused, Eric Adabreh is a mechanic and the third Accused, Julius Kafui Papah is a rain gutter installer. He added that the first and third Accused persons are co-tenants who live at Abeka, a suburb of Accra.
Chief Superintendent Duuti further stated that on the 22nd of April, 2016, at about 11:30pm, whilst the Complainants were at a spot near Fadama night market looking for a taxicab to go to their house, the first and second Accused persons with two Others (at large) who were on two separate motorbikes suddenly appeared and ordered them to surrender their mobile phones to them or they would kill them. Following the threat, the Complainants handed over without hesitation their iPhone 6S and Samsung galaxy A3 to the first Accused and he and his accomplices bolted on their motorbikes.
The Prosecutor reiterated that on the 24th of April, 2016, the iPhone 6S which had a tracker was traced to the third Accused person and he was arrested. The mobile phone was retrieved from him. He continued that on interrogation, the third Accused mentioned the first Accused as the one who gave it to him to decode, adding that further investigation led to the arrest of the first and second Accused persons and they were identified by the Complainants. ‘Subsequently, the Samsung galaxy A3 and the motorbike that was used in the operation were retrieved from the first Accused (Kwabena Boakye)’, Chief Superintendent Duuti said.