Labourer jailed 25 years for robbing and having sexual intercourse with Pregnant...

Labourer jailed 25 years for robbing and having sexual intercourse with Pregnant Woman

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A 35-year-old Labourer has been slapped with a twenty-five-year (25) jail term, by a Circuit Court in Accra for robbery.

The Accused, Eric Asamoah, attacked a pregnant woman (her name is withheld by Ghanajustice.com), a student of Accra Polytechnic, with a knife and robbed her of her Nokia XL mobile phone, a travelling bag and some personal items.

The Accused also forcibly had sexual intercourse with the pregnant woman, who pleaded with the Accused before the act not to have sex with her because she was a married woman and two months pregnant but the Accused refused her plea.

The Accused was charged with the offence of robbery and he denied the charge preferred against him (he pleaded not guilty to the charge) in both his preliminary statement and evidence-in-chief before court.

The court however, found the Accused guilty of the charge leveled against him by the police (prosecution), after the case had been fully tried by the court for almost four months.

Reading the verdict, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh said that the Prosecution, whose evidence was corroborated by three witnesses established sufficient evidence against the Accused that he indeed committed the offence of robbery.

His Honour also enunciated that although the Complainant was pregnant, there was no evidence that the Accused was responsible for the pregnancy.

In sentencing, the court took into consideration the Accused person’s plea for mitigation and the fact that the Accused had been in lawful custody for almost four months.

The presiding Judge however, sentenced the Accused to twenty-five (25) years in prison with hard labour, stating that the conduct of the Accused warranted a deterrent sentence to signal that the society would not countenance such nefarious acts (the society would not tolerate robbery).

In a related development, the rape case docket has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s (AG) office for advice.

Background to the Case

Narrating the brief facts of the case, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful, said that the Complainant is a student of Accra Polytechnic, while the Accused, Eric Asamoah, who is thirty-five (35) years old, is a Labourer at ‘White House’ and a resident of Ofankor Barrier near John Teye School in Accra.

The police officer also informed the court that on the 18th of August, 2015, at about 9:30pm, the Complainant alighted at Pokuase Bus Stop after she had closed from school.

He added that the Accused, who was standing on the opposite side of the road watching the movement of the Complainant, followed her when she crossed to the other side of the road and was walking towards her home.

‘When the Complainant branched to a rough road heading towards her home, the Accused quickly pulled out a knife and ordered her to stop. The Complainant obliged while the Accused further instructed her to give him her bag, containing the Nokia XL mobile phone valued at GH¢ 700.00 and other personal items’, the Prosecution stated.

Chief Inspector Afful also told the court that the Accused collected the said bag and forcibly had sexual intercourse with the Complainant, adding that the Accused after he had satisfied himself left the scene.

The police officer further explained that four days later, the Complainant’s husband called the Complainant’s mobile phone number to find out if they could trace the said bag and the phone. The Accused received the call and the Complainant’s husband pretended to have in possession some amount of money belonging to the Accused and wanted to meet him to hand over the said money.

Prosecution continued that the Complainant’s husband and the Accused arranged to meet at Ofankor for the aforesaid purpose, adding that the following day, the Accused met the Complainant’s husband for the said transaction but the Accused was arrested by the Complainant’s husband single-handedly and handed over to the police.

‘The Accused, during investigation insisted that he bought the said mobile phone from one Richard, whom he could not trace with the assistance of the police. The Complainant however, identified the Accused as the one who robbed and raped her, the Prosecutor said.

Chief Inspector Afful finally informed the court that the rape case docket has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s (AG) office for advice while the robbery charge preferred against the Accused was brought before court.

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