Daniel Aidoo and Frank Amenuku in police custody
TWO MEMBERS of an armed robbery gang, who often rape their female victims after robbing them, have been sentenced to 20 years with hard labour by an Ashaiman Circuit Court.
The two, Daniel Aidoo, 18 and Frank Amenuku, 19, both unemployed, who reside at Gbetsile in the Kpone-Katamanso District of the Greater Accra Region, pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The court presided over by his Lordship Gabriel Mate-Teye sentenced them to 10 years each on the robbery charge.
Prosecution told the court that the accused persons were arrested when they attempted to rape a woman after robbing her of her personal effects.
Police received a distress call from an informant and rushed to the scene at Gbetsile TMA Cluster of Schools, where they caught the two robbers in the act.
Daniel, according to prosecution, was arrested immediately together with a man who had sustained some injuries but Frank managed to escape upon seeing the police advancing towards them.
The prosecution explained that investigations revealed that Daniel and Frank accosted the female victim, who had closed from work at about 11:00 pm on January 15, 2016, and robbed her of her personal effects including phones and an unspecified amount of money.
According to prosecution, the victim screamed in the course of the robbery, attracting the attention of a passerby who rushed to the scene to rescue her, adding that the robbers, wielding a machete, inflicted wounds on the arm of the Good Samaritan before the police appeared on the scene to arrest Daniel.
Daniel admitted the offence during interrogations and said they rape their victims after robbing them. He later led police to the hideout of Frank who was also arrested in a kraal which serves as their hideout.
Police said the injured rescuer was given a police medical report form to attend hospital for treatment and is responding to treatment.
From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman