A KUMASI circuit court presided over by Emmanuel Amo Yartey has sentenced a driver to 30 years imprisonment in hard labour for robbery.
His other two accomplices Nana Ama and Owura are now at large.
Prince Atuahene, the convict, in his twenties pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime, to wit robbery, robbery, contrary to sections 23(1) and 149 of Acts 29/60 as amended by Act 646/2003 respectively.
Presenting the facts of the case to the court Detective Inspector Bain Elorm said, the complainant Kofi Agyare, a taxi driver resident’s at Aputuogya whiles the convict resides at Old Tafo both suburbs of Kumasi.
On February 28, 2012 at about 10.00pm, the complainant who was in charged with his Kia Rio with registration number AS 16-11 was operating at Pankrono, Kumasi when he was hired by the convict and his accomplices to Asafo Market.
According to prosecution, when they reached a place near Mbrom, they attacked him with a locally made pistol and knife and snatched the vehicle together with his mobile phone and a cash of GH¢50.00 and sped off at a top speed.
However based on all messages sent out nation wide, the convict and his accomplices were spotted at Avenor, Accra by police patrol team whilst they were washing the vehicle at a washing bay.
Luck eluded the convict when he was arrested by the police but the two accomplices managed to escape.
The complainant went to Accra and identified the accused person together with the taxi and was transferred to the Police Regional Criminal Investigation Department, Kumasi.
He admitted to the offence in his caution statement to the police.
Meanwhile, the same court has sentenced Isaac Tetteh, 29, labourer to thirty years imprisonment in hard labour for robbery.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Narrating the facts of case police chief inspector Comfort Baffour Kyei said on July 4, 2012, at about 4.00pm the convict went to the shop of one Esther Frimpong with a Knife and her sister to surrender all the day’s sales or lose their lives.
Out of fear the two victims gave a hand bag value at GH¢10.00 and containing a cash of GH¢12.00.
Prosecution added that after his act he took to his heels but the two raised an alarm and the convict was chased and arrested by the mob.
He was handed over to the police and in his caution statement he admitted to the offence