The Ashaiman circuit court sitting in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, has sentenced five young men to a total of 150 years in jail with hard labour for robbery.
The convicts are Rashid Nurudin alias Torgbor, 20, a sprayer; Prince Tetteh Agormeda, 18, a commercial motorbike rider; Saviour Feda, 21, a conductor; Kelvin Baah,19, a commercial motorbike rider and Francis Kwasi,19, a bus conductor.
The five young men were slapped with 30 years’ imprisonment each by the court, presided over by Gabriel Mate-Teye, in connection with a robbery case which took place at Zenu in the Kpone-Katamansu District in 2016.
They were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery. They pleaded not guilty to the charges but after almost a year-long trial, they were found guilty of the offences and sentenced to 30 years on each count, but all to run concurrently.
Briefing the media after the court verdict yesterday, the Ashaiman Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Fleance Senam Adikah, stated that on June 11, 2016, at about 1:30 am, the armed robbers attacked one Stella Afedo who resides at Zenu, together with her daughter at gunpoint.
According to him, the robbers budged into the victim’s 3-bedroom apartment through the back door of the kitchen and robbed the complainant of her 42-inch Samsung television set, one Tablet mobile phone, and one laptop, all amounting to GH¢72,00, and cash of GH¢600.00.
Chief Superintendent Adikah further added that the convicts went into hiding after committing the crime, until they were apprehended on August 5, 2016, following a tip-off.
He stated that Nurudin was the first to be arrested at his residence at Zenu, and subsequently aided the police to arrest his other accomplices.