Two Robbers jailed 40 years

An Accra Circuit Court on Monday sentenced two persons who attacked a National Weekly Lotto writer at Abeka Lapaz and took away with Gh₡2,900.00 to a total of 40 years jail term.

The accused persons are Abdul Razak Mustapha, a driver and Francis Ampofoh, a cobbler were part of a five-member gang who attacked the victim with cutlass, broken bottles, knives and other offensive weapons.

The accused who were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Mr Francis Obiri, the Presiding judge in passing the sentence found the accused persons guilty on all two counts of conspiracy and robbery.

He also asked the prosecution and the defence whether they have any comment to make before committing the accused persons to jail.

Mr George Asumening, Counsel for the accused persons prayed the court to have mercy on the accused persons because they are first time offenders.

He said the accused persons won lotto from complainant but the anger with which they wanted to collect their monies went too much.

Mr Francis Obiri in delivering the judgment said even though the accused did not show mercy to their victim but because they are first time offenders the court will show mercy on them.

The Prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick A. Morkeh said the complainant Agbesi Kwadwo, is a National Weekly Lotto seller at Abeka Lapaz near the lorry station, while the accused persons, Abdul Razak Mustapha is a driver and Francis Ampofoh, a cobbler all resident at Israel Alhaji.

He said on June 18, 2011 at around 1900 hours the complainant was preparing to close when his boss came to his lotto kiosk to collect the daily sales.

He said few minutes later, the accused persons including the three others at large armed with cutlass, knives and broken bottles as well as other offensive weapons suddenly emerged from nowhere attacked and ordered him to quickly handover the daily sales of GH₡2,900.00 to them.

DSP Morkeh said when Agbesi declined to handover the proceeds to them, they threatened to butcher and kill him, and for fear of his life, he handed over the money to them and they bolted with it.

He said the accused persons went into hiding until August 8, 11 when the complainant had information that they were hiding at Israel and with the assistance of the Police, they were arrested.

He said during the interrogations, both Abdul Razak and Francis Ampofoh denied their involvement in the offence.

DSP Morkeh said Razak told the Police that a week before the incident he had won lotto to the tune of GH3000 from a lotto writer who renders daily accounts to the complainant.

He said Razak stated he demanded for his winning ticket from the lotto writer but he said he had already handed over the winning ticket to the complainant and that was the reason why he went to the complainant to claim his winning ticket.

DSP Morkeh said Razak however failed to identify the said lotto writer to the Police to assist in investigations.

He said later the accused persons were charged with the offence and arraigned before the court. GNA

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