A Goldsmith has been sentenced to fifteen (15) years in prison with hard labour by a Circuit Court in Accra, for robbery.
The accused, Leonard Kwesi Moore, robbed one Pastor Richard Korang of his two mobile phones, a digital camera and an external hard drive, all in the sum of GH¢ 2,750.00. The Accused also robbed one Augustine of his two mobile phones valued at GH¢ 450.00.
The Goldsmith was therefore charged with two counts of robbery, and he admitted having committed the offences (he pleaded guilty to the charges), in his preliminary statement.
‘My Lord, it is true that I committed the offence. I beg the Complainants in the name of God to forgive me. That is not my attitude. If I am brought before court on similar charges, do whatever you like to me’, the Accused pleaded for Mitigation.
He was thus convicted on his own plea.
In sentencing, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh took into consideration the Accused person’s plea for mitigation and the fact that the Accused was a first time offender.
He was accordingly jailed fifteen (15) years.
Background to the Case
Presenting the brief facts in court, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful said the Complainant, Richard Korang is a Pastor and lives at Choice-Weija, while the Accused, Leonard Kwesi Moore is a Goldsmith and lives at Tudu in Accra.
The police officer also informed the court that at about 1:00pm, a Witness in this case went to the Complainant’s house to complete the tiles he was laying in his house, adding that he noticed the main door leading to the Complainant’s room had been forced open so he became suspicious.
Chief Inspector Afful further indicated that the Witness then called out the Complainant’s name but a voice responded in the room that the Complainant was not at home.
The prosecutor also stated that it took some few minutes before the Accused opened the door when the Witness entered the room, he met the Accused person on the corridor
He also informed the court that the Accused then started questioning the identity of the Witness who in an attempt to prove his identity removed his mobile phones to call the Complainant but the Accused at that stage picked a cutlass and threatened the Witness that if he dares shout, he would slash him.
The police officer also said that fearing for his life, the Witness knelt to beg the Accused, adding that later, the Witness managed to enter the bathroom when he realised that the Accused had moved some few steps away to open a room nearby. He therefore locked himself and started shouting for help.
‘The Accused then tried to force the bathroom door open but had resistance from the Witness who also pushed the door hard on the opposite end to prevent the Accused from harming him’, the prosecutor added.
Chief Inspector Afful also told the court that the Accused then used the cutlass to slash the door, creating a hole in the door but it (cutlass) missed the Witness who was just behind the door.
He also stated that the Accused earlier, had ransacked the sitting and the bedrooms of the Complainant and had packed some items into two bags, but could not take them away, adding that the Accused then came out from the Complainant’s room, scaled a wall behind the house into another house in an attempt to escape.
‘Luck eluded the Accused as he was arrested and searched. Three mobile phones and an external hard disc belonging to the Complainant and the Witness were retrieved from him.
Chief Inspector Afful also indicated that the Accused was brought to the New Weija Police Station where a complaint was lodged, adding that in the Accused person’s investigation Caution Statement, he confessed to the crime and pleaded to be dealt with leniently. The Accused was then charged with the offence of robbery.