Three Men have been sentenced to twenty-five (25) years each in prison with hard labour by a Circuit Court in Accra for robbery.
The Convicts are Jerry Danquah, a driver, Isaac Donkor, a basket weaver and David Asare, a trader. In October 2015, the Convicts robbed one Patrick Addai Korankye of his Toyota Hilux vehicle, an HP laptop, and mobile phones among other items, all to the tune of GH 137,430.00 cedis, the Prosecution said.
Jerry Danquah, Isaac Donkor and David Asare were charged with conspiracy and robbery but they pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them by the Prosecution in both their preliminary statements and evidence-in-chief.
After trial of the case for almost six months, the presiding judge, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh asserted that the Prosecution was able to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the Convicts indeed committed the offences. The Court therefore found the Convicts guilty of the charges preferred against them by the Prosecution and they were handed a twenty-five (25) year jail term on each of the offences (conspiracy and robbery) after the Presiding Judge had taken into consideration their pleas for mitigation and the fact that the stolen items were retrieved by the Police from the Convicts. The sentence will run concurrently (they will spend twenty-five years each in prison).
Background to the Case
Narrating the facts of the case, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful informed the court that the Complainant, Patrick Addai Korankye is an engineer who works at Shell Ghana Limited and resides at Bortianor in Weija. He added that the first Accused, Jerry Danquah is a driver whilst the second and the third Accused persons, Isaac Donkor and David Asare are a basket weaver and a trader respectively, stating that all the Accused persons live at Sikkens area in Old Fadama, Accra.
The Police Officer also said that on the 19th of September, 2015, four armed men attacked and robbed one Mr Charles Hagan of his V8 Landcruiser vehicle in his house at Attah Moses down in New Weija. He added that on the 4th of October, 2016, at about 2:00am, the Complainant, Patrick Addai Korankye was asleep when he heard a loud sound at the corridor leading to his bedroom so he woke up and realized that some people were busily breaking into his bedroom. Unknown to the Complainant, the Accused persons had scaled over his fence wall into the compound after cutting through the barbed wires on the fence wall.
‘The armed men (Accused persons) also broke the exit door and entered the house through the kitchen. The Accused persons finally broke the burglar proof behind the Complainant’s bedroom and entered his room. Even though the Complainant gave them an amount of GH 600.00 cedis on demand, they subjected him to severe beatings and tied him up with his flying tie’, the Prosecution stated.
Chief Inspector Afful further told the court that the Accused persons ransacked the Complainant’s room and took one HP laptop, an Apple iPod, one Samsung galaxy phone, an external hard drive, four wrist watches, one computer mouse and two necklaces, adding that the Accused persons also took away the Complainant’s Toyota Hilux with registration number ER3158-11 which was parked at his compound.
The Prosecutor also indicated that luck however eluded the Accused persons as the vehicle has a tracking device on it so the Complainant managed to call his company (Shell Ghana Ltd.) after the Police patrol team from Weija arrived at the scene. The vehicle was tracked and with the assistance of the Police communications, the three Accused persons were intercepted on board the vehicle at Chopoli Barrier on the Tema-Sogakope Highway. The Accused persons were arrested and all the items stolen from the Complainant’s house were retrieved in the vehicle. The fourth Accused, Dauda who is the leader of the team is now on the run (at large) as he did not join the three Accused persons in the stolen vehicle.
‘The three Accused persons were sent to Tema and later transferred to the Weija Police Station. The Complainant easily identified them as those who invaded his premises as they were not masked at the time of the operation. The Accused persons on interrogation, admitted the offence and also claimed to be responsible for the earlier robberies. They led the Police to Denu in Volta Region where the V8 landcruiser with registration number GT4727-09 stolen in the earlier robbery was also retrieved.