Carpenter to spend 15 years in jail over robbery

A carpenter has been ordered by a Kumasi Circuit Court to spend 15 years in prison for robbery.

Kanas Manu, alias “Kwaku Mortey”, 22, together with two others on the run had attacked and robbed a student of his mobile phones and cash at Ahwiaa in the Kwabre East District, a crime he denied.

A 60-year-old woman, Victoria Nyarko, and her grandson, Francis Asante, who stood trial with the convict were, however, freed after they had been cautioned by the court, presided over by Mr Emmanuel Amo-Yartey.

The robbery incident happened on December 27, last year at about 2100 hours.

Police Chief Inspector James Amekah said the victim, John Appiah, was returning to his house, when the convict and his two other criminal partners, held him at gunpoint and seized his two cellular phones and cash of GH¢10.00.

As luck would have it, he knew two of his attackers and went to inform Victoria, the grandmother of one of them, about the incident, the next morning.

The woman with the support of Asante managed to get one of the stolen phones returned to him and based on that a formal report was made to the police, leading to her arrest.

The prosecution said Manu, who was being held for his involvement in a similar crime, was identified by the victim at the police station.

The court, in discharging Victoria and Asante, said it took into consideration the age of the woman and the demeanor of the young man (Asante).

Meanwhile, the police have mounted a search to bring the two other suspects to justice. GNA

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