An Unemployed Young Man has been handed a ten (10) year jail term for robbery, by a Circuit Court in Accra.
The Accused, George Cofie, robbed one Linda Cofie of her iPhone Five (5) mobile phone, valued at GH¢ 2,000.00 , at the University of Professional Studies’ Junction in Accra.
The Accused was then charged with the offence of robbery and he admitted having committed the offence (he pleaded guilty to the charge) in his preliminary statement.
George Cofie was therefore convicted on his own plea.
In sentencing, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, took into consideration the fact that the Accused had been in custody for four (4) days, adding that he was also a first time offender.
The presiding Judge also considered that the Accused readily admitted the offence and pleaded for mitigation.
His Honour further stated that the Accused also did not use any weapon to rob the Complainant of her mobile phone and besides, the stolen mobile phone had been retrieved by the police.
The trial Judge accordingly sentenced the Accused to ten (10) years imprisonment with hard labour.
Background to the Case
Earlier, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful informed the court that the Complainant, Linda Cofie is a Student, while the Accused, George Cofie, is unemployed and lives at Dansoman in Accra.
The police officer also stated that on the 11th of January, 2016, at about 7:00pm, while the Complainant, who was holding her mobile phone was standing at a Bus Stop at the University of Professional Studies, the Accused emerged from a nearby bush and ordered the Complainant to surrender her phone and when the Complainant refused, the Accused forcibly snatched the iPhone Five (5) from her hand and ran into a nearby bush.
The prosecutor added that later on in the day, the Complainant called her mobile phone number and pleaded with the Accused to return her phone to her but the Accused demanded that the Complainant deposit an amount of GH¢ 2,000.00 into his Tigo Cash Account.
‘A report was made to the Legon Police Station and on the 15th of January, 2016, investigations led to the arrest of the Accused who had agreed to meet the Complainant to take her Laptop Computer in exchange for her mobile phone’, the police officer said.
Chief Inspector Afful also told the court that an immediate search conducted on the Accused led to the retrieval of the Complainant’s mobile phone and after investigations, the Accused was charged with the offence of robbery.