Accra Aug. 22, GNA – A mechanic who was
arrested with two robbers after robbing a forex bureau at Kaneshie to the tune
of GH¢150,000.00 at gun point was on Monday sentenced to 21 years imprisonment
by an Accra Circuit Court.
Haruna Abdulai, aged 22 had earlier pleaded
not guilty but changed his plea when he appeared before the court today.
He was convicted on his own plea.
Abdulai told the court that he was a
mechanic and was in need of money to purchase spare parts and took part in the
According to him he does not know Yakubu
Alhassan whom he was standing trial with.
His counsel, Mr Joseph Kaponde prayed for mitigation since he was a first
time offender should be given the minimum sentence because he also did not
waste the court’s time.
Mr Kaponde said considering Abdulai’s age,
he has a lot of life ahead of him and giving him an advanced sentence would
lead to his inability to contribute his quota to national development.
The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh
after listening to the submissions said he had considered the five months stay
of the accused person in prison.
However the trial judge said Abdulai’s modus
operandi was worrying. It said the trial of the Alhassan would continue
irrespective of the fact that Abdulai said he did not known him.
Alhassan and Abdulai aka Borbor are being held on the charges of conspiracy
to commit crime and robbery.
Alhassan had pleaded not guilty and is on
Two more people including a woman are said
to be at large.
According to the prosecutor, Chief Superintendent
Mr Duuti Tuaruka, Alhassan is a welder residing at Agbogbloshie while Abdulai
is unemployed and living at Ashiaman.
On the 23 of March Alhassan and Abdulai
together with two other suspects at large went to a forex bureau at Mpamprom
near Kaneshie under the pretext of conducting business.
They pulled locally manufactured pistols and
robbed the forex bureau at gun point.
The prosecution said one of the forex Bureau
staff raised an alarm and with the support from a Police Patrol Team from
Kaneshie, Alhassan and Abdulai were apprehended while two of their accomplices
escaped. The two while on the run fired indiscriminately into a mob chasing
them injuring 14 people.
Alhassan admitted the offence in his caution
statement and mentioned Abdulai and one Issah, who live at James Town and
another person whose name he did not know as accomplices.
The Prosecution said GH¢58,000.00 have been
retrieved from Alhassan and Abdulai as well as two locally manufactured
Hearing continues on August 23.