Three armed robbers, being members of a gang of six – including a soldier – who robbed a bank at Wenchi in the Brong-Ahafo Region and made away with unspecified amount of money on February 26, 2015, have been jailed for life.
The presiding judge, Justice Samuel Boateng, handed down the sentence to Sherif Adam, 31, Osei Kufour, 32 and Kwabena Yeboah, 33. The three pleaded not guilty in their first appearance and the trial went full length; but evidence against them showed that they were guilty of the offence.
Two others, Kojo Francis, 25 and Exmond Bawuah, 27, the driver of the taxi the robbers hired, were however, acquitted and discharged for lack of evidence against them.
It would be recalled that the sixth person, Staff Sergeant Allassan Ahmed, 42, was jailed 75 years on his own plea of guilty in his first appearance.
Prosecuting, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Anokye Frimpong, told the court that on the day of the robbery – February 26, 2015 – Sherif Adam hired Exmond Bawuah’s taxi at Sunyani to go to Wenchi but on the way he picked Kufour, Kwabena and Allassan at different locations.
Being apprehensive, Exmond implored his friend, Kojo Francis, to accompany him to drive the four to Wenchi. The occupants of the vehicle then alighted at a point, leaving him (driver) and his friend, and they both attended nature’s call. After the robbery operation, the gangsters called him to come and pick them and so he and his friend claimed they were not aware of the robbery at the bank – BACCSOD. The two mentioned Allassan, who was already in prison, as their witness and was brought to testify.
The ex-military officer corroborated their assertion and the two, Francis and Exmond, were acquitted and discharged.
It will be recalled that on February 26, 2015, the police at Sunyani arrested six robbers in a taxi at dawn after they had robbed the Brong Ahafo Catholic Cooperative Society for Development at Wenchi.
From Daniel Y Dayee, Sunyani
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