TWO armed robbers, who attempted to rob the Administrator of the International Central Gospel Church here, have been sentenced to 33 years by a Koforidua Circuit Court.
Francis Acquah, 20 also known as ‘Shattong’, unemployed, has been jailed 18years and his accomplice, Bismark Kiatey, also sentenced to 15 years by the court, presided over by Mrs. Barbara Charway.
Acquah together with Kiatey and another accomplice who is said to be on the run, attacked one Charles Yomesor, and attempted to rob him off his money at his residence in Obontanso, a suburb of Koforidua.
Acquah pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, abetment of robbery and attempted robbery. He was found guilty by the court. His accomplice, Kaitey, also pleaded guilty.
Prosecuting, State Attorney, Mrs. Emile Addo-Okyireh told the court that on the evening of September 2, this year, the victim received a visitor at home who claimed to be a member of his church seeking employment.
During their conversation, Acquah suddenly entered and pointed a gun at the victim while Kaitey also entered wielding a cutlass.
The prosecution said, when the victim asked what they wanted, Acquah ordered him to bring out all his money in the house which compelled the victim to quickly enter his living room with Acquah following closely pointing the gun at him and threatening to shoot.
Kaitey, who was wielding the cutlass, also followed Aqcuah and the victim closely.
Mrs. Addo-Okyireh further explained that, upon hearing the voices of the intruders, the son of the victim, suddenly rushed to the scene and grabbed Kaitey which resulted in a struggle.
She said the son, over powered Kaitey and dispossessed him off the cutlass.
Realising he has been over powered, Kaitey attempted to assault the victim’s son with a wooden bar but he managed to cease the bar and rather hit Kaitey head which resulted in a severe cut on his forehead.
Kaitey, however managed to escape from the victim’s house in pain.
Mrs. Addo-Okyireh further explained that, upon realising what has been done to their colleague, Acquah and the other accomplice also took to their heels and escaped by scaling the wall. In the process, Acquah’s mask fell, enabling the victim to see his face.
The following day, the victim reported the matter to the police and upon a tip off, succeeded in arresting Kaitey in his hideout at Anglotown, suburb of Koforidua.
Kaitey, who confessed his involvement in the botched robbery, mentioned Acquah and the other accomplice.
The Police however, arrested Acquah who denied the offence but after investigations, he was charged before the court.