Court sentences armed robber to 70 years imprisonment
From: Ghana l GNA
January 17, 2013, 23:24 GMT
A Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Justice William Boampong has ordered a 21-year old robber to be imprisoned for 70 years.
Shamuna Bawa had robbed a second hand footwear dealer at gunpoint, taking GH¢1,107.00 cash and a Samsung cellular phone at Yennyawoso in Kumasi.
The victim, Beatrice Amoah, had gone to the roadside as per her routine to catch a commercial vehicle to the Central Market in order to carry out her business when Bawa attacked her.
Charged with illegal possession of firearm and robbery, he pleaded not guilty.
Police Inspector Kwabena Oduro-Boateng told the court that the crime was committed on January 8 at about 0430 hours.
He said as Beatrice waited for a bus to arrive, Bawa suddenly emerged pulled out a gun, gagged and dragged her to a hidden area.
There, he instructed that she surrendered the money on her and other valuables then he forcibly seized the money she was carrying in her handbag and a cellular phone.
Bawa then made her to lie prostrate as he escaped with the stolen money and phone.
Beatrice sought police assistance and the convict was arrested not far from the crime scene.
A search conducted on him uncovered a locally manufactured pistol, three live rounds, the stolen phone and cash in the amount of GH¢390.00.
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