GNA – A Circuit Court in Accra on Friday sentenced an unemployed man to 20 years
imprisonment for robbing his half-sister of Kia Sportage car after pulling a
knife on her.
aka Ataa Quaye charged with robbery pleaded guilty.
Quaye was exposed
after the mask he was wearing fell off after subjecting her to severe beatings
and ransacking her room.
Abdul Tahidu Latif who was charged with abetment of crime was remanded into
Police custody till September 2.
however, asked the Police to put their house in order and charge Latif with
sentence, the trial judge Mr Aboagye Tandoh said he took into consideration the
number of days spent in custody and his plea for mitigation.
However the trial
judge said the conduct of Quaye and his modus operandi adopted especially when
he subjected the complainant Madam Isabella Yeboah to severe beatings and
attacked her with a knife.
The court said
until Quaye’s mask used in covering his nefarious acts could no longer bear his
acts but expose his identity.
It noted that the
vehicle he took away from his half-sister had not been retrieved hence the need
to hand down a deterrent sentence.
According to the
court: “It was worrying that one cannot trust his or her own brother even
though the incident was not a strange one.”
Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Agbemahia said the complainant was a trader
residing at Ablekumah Agape in Accra.
Agbemahia said Quaye had moved out of the family house and was residing in a
ghetto at Kasoa.
On July 2, at
about 8:00pm, prosecution said Madam Yeboah returned from Cape Coat after
returning from a funeral.
her compound, a man in mask lurking around her gate attacked her with a knife
and subjected her to severe beatings.
the man escorted her to her apartment and ordered her to surrender all monies
available or else he would kill her.
her room, prosecution said Yeboah’s mask fell off his face and the complainant
identified the man as her half-sister.
Yeboah decided to
flee but managed to driver away the complainant’s Sportage KIA with
registration number GY 490-13.
reported the matter to the Police at Anyaa and she was issued with a medical
form to seek medical attention.
On July 5, this
year, Chief Inspector Agbemahia said the case was transferred to the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) for further investigations.
On July 9, this
year, Quaye was arrested at Mallam-Gbawe and he admitted the offence saying he
handed over the vehicle to Latif who sold it and handed him GH₵7,000.00.
Latif was nabbed
and he stated that he sold the vehicle in Savelugu in the Northern Region to
one Haminu for GH₵10,000.00.