Crime & Punishment of 2014-07-22

Court jail two porters for robbery

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced Mohammed Mumuni, and Ali Mohammed, both porters to 15 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit crime and 20 years for robbery. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Initially, the two convicts pleaded not guilty to the charges. Chief Superintendent of Police Duuti Tuaruka told the court that the complainant, Ephraim Nii Ayi Otoo, is a Caterer whilst the accused persons live in the same vicinity at Russia, a suburb of Dansoman.

He said on July 1, at about 0130 hours, the complainant was baking meat pie in his kitchen when the accused persons and one Nashiru Mohammed armed with a pistol and a cutlass forcibly entered the kitchen. The prosecution said Mumuni pulled a pistol at the complainant compelling him to run into his bedroom, leaving behind his Techno mobile phone, a Techno Tablet phone and an amount of GH? 800.00.

He told the court that Mumuni and his accomplices then took the said items brandishing the cutlass on the wall and threatening anyone, who dare to approach them and took to their heels. Chief Superintendent of Police Tuaruka said the complainant reported the matter to the police and during investigations; Mumuni was arrested at his hideout at Kokomba market.

He said when his kiosk was searched, the complainant’s Techno tablet phone was found and Mumuni admitted the offence in his investigation caution statement and mentioned Ali Mohammed, as an accomplice, who was arrested later.

He said in the caution statement Ali admitted the offence and said he collaborated with Mumuni. The third accused person, Mohammed pleaded not guilty and would re-appear in court on August 4.