Driver’s Mate jailed 48 years for robbery

Driver’s Mate jailed 48 years for robbery

Photo: The Convict, Benjamin Akwei in a blue shirt

A Bus Conductor has been slapped with a forty-eight (48) year jail term by a Circuit Court in Accra for robbery.

The Convict, Benjamin Akwei and his two accomplices who are on the run robbed one Sally Bortier of her Toshiba laptop computer, HTC and Nokia mobile phones and GH 800.00 cash, all to the tune of GH 3,445.00 cedis.

In a separate case, Benjamin Akwei and his accomplices also robbed one Evelyn Nancy Abban of her mobile phone valued at GH 500.00 cedis and cash in the sum of GH 2,000.00 cedis, the Prosecution said.

The Convict was charged with conspiracy and robbery respectively and he pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against him by the Police in both cases.

Benjamin was convicted on his own plea.

Pleading for mitigation, the Convict said that he was sorry for the offences committed, adding that the Complainants should forgive him.

Pronouncing judgment, the presiding judge, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh took into consideration the Accused person’s plea for mitigation and the fact that he had been in custody for almost two weeks, adding that he was also a young man and moreover he readily admitted the offences. The Presiding Judge also took into consideration that the items stolen by the Accused had not been retrieved by the Police, stating that the method adopted by the Accused in his robbery expedition denying people of their hard earned properties warranted a deterrent sentence.

The Court acquitted and discharged the Convict on the charges of conspiracy, stating that the Convict alone could not conspire with himself to commit the offences.

His Honour however sentenced Benjamin to twenty-four (24) years in prison with hard labour on the offence of robbery for each of the cases, implying that the Convict will spend forty-eight (48) years in jail.

Hours earlier, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu informed the court that on the 4th of February, 2016, at about 2:00am at Nungua Addogonno, the Convict, Benjamin Akwei and his accomplices who are on the run (at large) armed themselves with a machete, a pair of scissors, a cutter, a torch and a screw driver and entered the bedroom of the Complainant, Sally Bortier robbing her of the aforementioned items, including an amount of money.

In a separate development, the Convict and his accomplices also attacked a Complainant, one Evelyn Nancy Abban in her bedroom whilst she was asleep and robbed her of her mobile phone and cash. The robbery incident happened on the 20th of February, 2016, at about 3:00am at Nungua Royal Park in Accra, the Prosecution said.