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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 18 January 2018


Unemployed jailed 10 years for robbery

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An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday sentenced one Onwuzurike Christian, Unemployed to ten years imprisonment in hard labour for robbing a woman of her handbag at Salem Estates at Nmai Dzorn.

Christian who appeared before the court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, charged with robbery, pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced accordingly.

The owner of the bag, which contained an amount of GHc12.00, medicine, pomade, phone charger, brush, handkerchief and a bunch of keys worth GHC100.00 is yet to be identified.

Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, told the court that the complainants are Kennedy Abanyo, an auto-mechanic and Charles Abankwa a mason.

He said on January 13, about 0530 hours, the complainants who were walking around Salem Estate area at Nmai Dzorn saw Christian running away with a lady’s handbag after having threatened a lady with an object.

He said the two gave the convict a chase following the cry for help by the lady. Christian run into one Akua Asiedua’s room, and hid himself in her wardrobe.

The prosecution said the complainants arrested Christian, and upon a search conducted on him, they found a lighter designed in the form of a pistol in his pocket.

He told the court that, Christian was handed over to the police with the handbag containing the above listed items. A search conducted in his room later by the police, also revealed a ‘42’ inches flat television, two laptops, and four mobile phones, which he failed to explain how he acquired them.

According to Mr Adu, all attempts made by the police to get the victim to report to the station proved futile.

He said Christian however, in his caution statement admitted the offence.

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