Fitness instructor, Lebanese jailed 30 years

The Accra Fast Track High Court has sentenced two persons to 30 years’ imprisonment for attacking a company on the Spintex Road and making away with various sums of money.

They are Nana Ama Agyeiwaa, a self-styled fitness instructor who is said to render services to high-profile personalities in their homes, and Avo Kevorkion, a Lebanese and showroom manager of Cemix Company Limited, where the robbery occurred.

They were charged with three counts of abetment of robbery, conspiracy to commit crime and robbery and the court, presided over by Mr Justice Mustapha Logoh, sentenced each of them to a 15-year prison term.

Cemix Company Limited deals in power-generating machines and plants.  

One of the accomplices, Osei Kwame, managed to escape with GH¢75,000, $320,000 and 111,000 Euros. 

He is currently on the police wanted list. 
  Customer armed with gun and knife 
Prosecuting, an Assistant State Attorney, Nii Kpakpo Addo, told the court that the Managing Director (MD) of Cemix Company Limited, Jean Francis Mourad, was attacked by Agyeiwaa and Osei, who were armed with a knife and a pistol, about 11 a.m. on November 4, 2011.

He said Agyeiwaa and Osei went to the premises of the company under the pretext of buying power generators.

There, a frontline officer, Mohammed Fowel, informed the managing director about the presence of the prospective buyers and Mr Mourad asked that they be sent to his office.

According to the prosecution, while in the MD’s office, Agyeiwaa and Osei reiterated their interest in buying some of the generators.

“Suddenly, Osei pulled the pistol and threatened to kill the MD if he did not obey their instructions, while Agyeiwaa held the knife,” the prosecution said.

  The escape 
Nii Addo said the MD was ordered to lie on the floor, after which Osei gave his pistol to Agyeiwaa to point it at Mr Mourad.

According to him, Osei then tied Mr Mourad’s hands and legs and subsequently dragged him into a washroom, after which the two ransacked the office and took the various sums of money.

“But while they were leaving the premises, Mr Mourad, who had managed to free himself, raised an alarm,” he added.

The two, according to the prosecution, jumped into a waiting taxi, which was pursued by some employees and a prisons officer, Corporal Yaro Bukari, who was driving by.

In the course of the chase, Agyeiwaa was captured, while Osei made away with the money.

  Lebanese planned robbery 
Mr Addo said police investigations revealed that Kevorkion had been part of the plan to rob Cemix.

He said it was also found during investigations that Kevorkion was the one who had told Agyeiwaa and Osei where they could find the moneys.

He said the police also established that Kevorkion had been in constant phone contact with Agyeiwaa for some time now. 

“Even during the robbery, the two were communicating with each other,” the prosecution said.

According to the police, Agyeiwaa admitted to being in a relationship with Kevorkion and also claimed that she had participated in the robbery under duress.

 Kevorkion, on the other hand, denied knowing Agyeiwaa or ever having any form of relationship with her.

“Even when evidence of telephone communication was showed to him, he still denied,” Mr Addo told the court. 

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