Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 15 May 2012
A 20-year old driver’s mate who together with three accomplices robbed a trader of his two mobile phones and GH¢170.00 at knife point, has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by a Kumasi Circuit Court.
Kwadwo Kwakye and his accomplices who also subjected the victim to severe beating, pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy and robbery.
Police Chief Inspector Isaac Mensah Appenteng, told the court presided over by Justice William Boampong that, the crime was committed on April 13, and that William Kofi Baffour, a trader, was returning home from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital when Kwakye and his accomplices attacked him near the hospital’s mortuary.
He said they drew knives, mercilessly beat him and removed his phones and cash.
A police patrol team in the area chanced upon the incident and went into his rescue and managed to arrest the convict, while his accomplices whose names were only given as Yaw, Kwabena and “Taller” escaped.
The prosecution said the victim’s two stolen phones were retrieved from Kwakye.
The court issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the fugitive robbers and ordered the return of the phones to the victim.**