An unemployed young man was yesterday sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for robbery by an Accra Circuit Court.
The convict, Kwabena Asare, is said to have robbed one Bernice Hoedzoade of her Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone valued at GH¢850.
Appearing before the court presided over by Justice Francis Obiri, the suspect had denied the offence but the court found him guilty.
Sentencing Asare, the trial judge noted that robbery had been on the increase and as such the suspect had to be given a harsh sentence to serve as a deterrent to others.
At the initial stages of the trial, Inspector Martin Acheampong said the complainant is a student of Regent University College and a resident of Ashaley Botwe Little Roses, while Asare resides at Ashaley Botwe Old Town.
He said on March 10, 2015 at about 9:30pm, Bernice went for choir practice at the Madina E.P. Church and on her way home, at a spot around Little Roses, she had a phone call.
While receiving the call, the prosecutor stated, Asare emerged from the dark and attacked Bernice from behind and attempted snatching her mobile phone from her.
Inspector Acheampong said Bernice resisted but in the process, Asare bit her on the right thumb and succeeded in snatching the phone and took to his heels.
He said Bernice raised an alarm and with the assistance of some people from the neighbourhood, Asare was arrested and handed over to the Nmai-Dzorn police patrol team which was on duty around the area.
Asare, in his caution statement, admitted the offence and stated that he had been longing to use a windows mobile phone; hence, his action.
By Sarah Cobbinah
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