Crime & Punishment of 2014-04-25

Ex-convict jailed 45 years for robbery

An ex-convict, Baffour Awuah, has been sent back to prison by a Kumasi Circuit Court to serve a 45-year jail term in hard labour for robbery.

This was after he had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and robbery.

Awuah, alias “School-boy”, 20, together with one other person, whose name was only given as Bontele, now on the run, had attacked and robbed their victim of his mobile phone and cash of GHc70.00.

Police Inspector Gulliver Tenkorang told the court presided over by Mr. William Boampong that, this happened on April 18.

He said the victim, Adamu Musah, is an employee of the Produce Buying Company (PBC) at Tarkwa, and had arrived in Kumasi en-route to Ejura to visit his sick mother.

Musah decided to buy food at the Asafo Neoplan Station when the convict and his fugitive colleague approached and demanded that he gave them GHc1.00 to buy cannabis, which he refused.

The prosecutor said that angered the two who drew a knife, attacked the victim and forcibly removed his phone and cash, and attempted to flee.

He said the victim (Musah) gave them a chase and as luck would have it, a police patrol team chanced upon the incident and managed to arrest Awuah while Bontele escaped.

The phone was retrieved during a search on Awuah. He admitted the crime in his caution statement and said the stolen cash was with Bontele, the prosecution added.