Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 21 December 2013
Source: Graphic Online
An 18-year-old boy, described as a terror of Effiduase in the Ashanti Region, has been remanded in custody for allegedly conspiring with some accomplices to rob a number of residents at Effiduase and its environs at gunpoint.
Yaw Boakye was remanded by a Kumasi High Court, presided over by Justice E.A. Lodoh, on three counts of robbery and two counts of unlawfully causing harm.
Presenting the facts of the case to the court, the prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Lawrence Otoo-Boison, a State Attorney, said Boakye, who claimed to be an auto electrician, together with his accomplices, forcibly entered the room of the complainants, a couple, around 7:30 pm on November 18, 2013, and attacked them at gunpoint.
He said Boakye, who was wielding a locally manufactured pistol, attacked the husband and shot him in the stomach.
The prosecutor said Boakye and his gang ransacked the room and took two mobile phones, Ghc800 cash and other personal items.
According to Mr Otoo-Boison, the shouts of the man attracted his wife who was in the bedroom. As soon as she rushed into the hall, Boakye pointed the loaded pistol at her, pulled the trigger and shot her private parts.
He said notwithstanding the injuries their victims sustained, which caused them to bleed profusely, Boakye and his accomplices escaped with their booty in a taxicab, which they had earlier hijacked from its owner identified as Kwaku Acheampong at gunpoint.
Mr Otoo-Boison said on their way, Boakye saw a Cocoa Purchasing Clerk coming from the opposite direction on a motorbike and, without any provocation, drove into the vehicle, hurting him in the process.
According to Mr Otoo-Boison, unmindful of the injuries caused to the rider and his passenger, Boakye and his accomplices pounced on them and robbed them of the Ghc6,608 they had on them.
The prosecutor said Boakye and his accomplices also robbed them of their two mobile phones before absconding.
He said the riders reported the ordeal they went through to the Effiduase Police.
Mr Otoo-Boison said later after the report was made to the police, the Effiduase Police said they had information that Boakye had been arrested in another robbery case.
The police accordingly followed up and arrested?Boakye and put him before the court.