Truck Pusher Sentenced 40yrs For Robbery
By Helena Selby
An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a truck pusher to 40 years imprisonment in hard labour for robbing at gunpoint guests and workers of the Royal York Hotel in Accra.
Senyo Tettey, the convict, in the absence of security personnel, scaled the wall of the hotel with three others who were armed with cutlasses. He and his gang managed to make away a total cash sum of GH¢4,960, as well as items all valued at GH¢1,510.
Senyo Tettey was arrested by the Tesano police upon a tip off, where he admitted having sold the said stolen items to Adam Blemah, the second accused person.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit crime and three counts of robbery before the court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri.
Senyo Tettey was convicted on his own plea to 20 years on the first count, and 40 years on the rest of the counts leveled against him, which would run concurrently.
Adam Blemah, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty to the charge of dishonestly receiving, and has been remanded into custody to re-appear before the court on November 26, 2013.
On September 1, 2013, at about 2:00 a.m., Senyo Tettey and three others, currently at large, armed themselves with pistol and cutlasses, took advantage of the absence of security men, poor lighting system and CCTV camera at the hotel, and scaled the wall into the compound of the Royal York Hotel in Accra.
The Prosecutor, DSP P.A. Mokeh, told the court that Eric Obuobi, who was on duty that fateful day, saw the robbers, and in an attempt to escape, went through the reception glass door and sustained injuries in the process.
He said the robbers, however, caught up with him and robbed him of a cash sum of GH¢395, and later locked him up in the toilet.
According to him, the robbers climbed the stairs, attacked the hotel manager, and took from him cash sum of GH¢65 and a Nokia mobile phone, valued GH¢60.
‘Emmanuel Zilevu, who was a guest, was also robbed of GH¢4,500, a watch valued at $500, his driving license, two Nokia phones, and a Toyota Lexus ignition key, but they did not take the vehicle away.
‘The robbers also made away with a 32-inch flat screen television set, valued GH¢700, which was at the reception’ the Prosecutor stated.
DSP Mokeh told the court that the case was reported to the Achimota Mile 7 police, whilst Eric Obuobi was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital, after being issued with a medical form.
He further asserted that on September 24, 2013, the Tesano police, upon a tip off, arrested Senyo Tettey in connection with the robbery.
‘He admitted having received the 32-inch flat screen television set and two Nokia phones from one Kwame, which was stolen from the robbery scene at the Royal York Hotel, but refused to disclose the identity and place of abode of the said Kwame.
‘Senyo Tetteh admitted having sold the stolen television set at the cost of GH¢40, and the two Nokia phones at the cost of GH¢20 each to Adam Blemah, alias Junker,’ he emphasised.
He said Senyo Tettey led the police to Ashaiman, where Adam Blemah was arrested.
A search conducted in his room revealed the stolen flat screen TV set, together with other stolen electrical appliances, he narrated
‘Adam Blemah admitted having bought the television set from the convict at the cost of GH¢350, without receipt and remote control.
‘The complainant identified the television set as his, by identifying the serial and pin numbers of the set,’ the Prosecutor mentioned.
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