A Mechanic has been sentenced to twenty-one (21) years in prison with hard labour by a Circuit Court in Accra for robbery.
The Convict, William Wilson robbed one Joseph Amoah Azumah of his Dell laptop computer, a Samsung galaxy grand prime phone, one Samsung tablet and GHâ‚µ3,700.00 cash, all amounting to GH 6,459.00 cedis, the Prosecution said.
The second Accused, Osman Alhassan dishonestly received one Samsung galaxy grand prime phone, valued at Ghâ‚µ709.00, belonging to Joseph Amoah Azumah from the first Accused (Convict).
In their preliminary statements and evidence-in-chief, they both pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the Prosecution but the Court found them guilty after the trial of the case.
The Convict (William) pleaded for mitigation, saying that the criminal act wouldn’t happen again whilst Counsel for the second Accused prayed the Court to consider the physical circumstance of his client (he was in clutches) and deal with him leniently.
Having considered the applicable law, the Prosecution Witnesses, the Accused persons’ evidence-in-chief and their plea for mitigation, the presiding judge, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh slapped William Wilson with a twenty-one (21) year jail term whilst Osman Alhassan was sentenced to a fine of GH 6,000.00 cedis (five hundred penalty units), in the default of the fine, he will serve a three-year jail term.
Earlier, the Court granted Osman bail in the sum of Ghâ‚µ3,000.00, with two sureties whilst William was remanded into lawful custody during the course of the trial.
Background to the Case
Presenting the facts of the case, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, informed the Court that the Complainant, Joseph Amoah Azumah is a private security guard who resides at Akweteman, whilst the first Accused, William Wilson is a mechanic who lives at Achimota adding that the second Accused, Osman Alhassan is a trader at Chantan in Accra.
The Police Officer also said that on the 8th of February, 2016, in the night, the Complainant left home for East Legon in his private car and on reaching a spot near Akweteman Pentecost Church, he parked beside the road to receive a phone call.
The Prosecution further narrated that suddenly, William and his accomplice one Bonney, who is on the run, pulled up on a motor bike and attacked the complainant with a pistol and robbed him of the afore-mentioned items.
Chief Inspector Adu also stated that at about 11:00pm, that night, the two went to sell the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Phone to Osman in at his house at Chantan, adding that the tracking software on the phone, gave Osman up as the Complainant received messages of its usage.
‘The Complainant lodged a complaint with the Police and Osman was tracked and arrested at the Petroleum Estates, New Achimota. A Samsung phone found on him was identified by the Complainant as his’, the Police Officer said.
The Prosecution told the court that William was later picked up but his accomplice is yet to be found, stating that Osman admitted the offence in his Caution Statement adding that he bought the phone for Ghâ‚µ350.00 from William and his accomplice very late in the night.