3 Get 40 Years For Robbery

Three persons were yesterday jailed a total of 40 years for robbery by an Accra Circuit Court.

They are Joshua Kudjo aka Jerry Quainoo, 29, unemployed; Frank Dziwornu aka Junior, trader; and Dickson Yaw Dankwah, unemployed.

Junior and Dankwah were separately facing the charges of conspiracy to rob and robbery while Jerry was slapped with a charge of robbery.

In the case of Frank, the prosecutor, C/Insp K. Adu, had alleged that the accused had on June 24, 2015 at the Obra Spot in Accra robbed one Susana Amponsah of her Samsung Galaxy mobile phone valued at GH¢400—a charge Frank had admitted.

Jerry, on the other hand, had denied the charge of robbing one Victoria Akyeapong of her handbag containing $3,100, an iPad, two reading glasses and a bunch of keys.

Delivering the sentence, Justice Francis Obiri acquitted and discharged one Solomon Adjei, a labourer the prosecution had charged for conspiring with Junior to rob.

He said the prosecution failed to prove Adjei’s guilt.

The high court judge sitting with additional responsibility as a circuit court judge, however, in separate judgements, slapped Junior and Dankwah with a 10-year jail term each for conspiracy and robbery, both to run concurrently.

For Jerry, who is currently serving an 18-year sentence in another case, the judge handed him a 20-year jail term, adding that the sentence was to run concurrently with the 18 years the convict was already serving.

The facts of the case are that Jerry on November 10, 2014 emerged from a nearby bush at GIMPA and robbed the complainant who was returning from a funeral at East Legon.

The prosecution said Jerry threatened the complainant with a hammer and succeeded in taking her phone which was in her handbag on the passenger seat of her car.

Jerry was arrested at the same spot when he wanted to use the same modus operandi to rob other victims.

Dankwah was standing trial for robbing one Vera Sarpomaa of her Itel mobile phone worth GH¢45 on June 25 this year.

The prosecution said the complainant was returning from her boyfriend resident at Petroleum Estates, also in Accra, when the convict and one Joe, currently at large, at knifepoint, snatched the phone from the victim.

With regard to Junior, the prosecution said on the aforementioned date the complainant was at the Obra Spot to pick a vehicle to work when the convict took the phone from her from behind.

The prosecutor said the accused, after the act, beat his victim and took to his heels but was arrested by some sympathisers at the scene.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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