Man Caged 32 Years For Robbery

A man who snatched a Honda CRV saloon car from a woman and her son at gunpoint has been given 32 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.

The convict, Godson Martey, who after robbing the woman with his other accomplices currently at large, later dumped her in a bush near Mitchell Camp, is expected to serve his 32-year jail term in hard labour. He has already spent close to four years behind bars – on remand since 2012 when he was arrested.

Martey was charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit robbery and robbery. He was, however, discharged of the conspiracy and convicted for the robbery, after the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the crime. The Presiding Judge, Aboagye Tandoh, when reading the verdict said, he took into consideration the three years and 10 months the convict had spent in custody.

Nonetheless, the convict found himself in very dangerous company and was daring as much as his desire to make money was concerned. Something he described as an attitude which should not be tolerated in society. He added that his 32 years in prison would be a deterrent to others who are of the same intentions.

Meanwhile, his other accomplice, Daniel Fiator, who was charged with dishonestly receiving property, contrary to sections 146 of the Criminal Offences of Act 1960 Act 29, was convicted to a fine of 600 (Six Hundred) penalty units, which is equivalent to GH¢7,200. In default, Fiator would face two years imprisonment.

The complainant lives at Community 22, Tema.  On March 29, 2012, at about 10:45p.m., the complainant, Regina Adjoa Osei, and her son were driving in her Honda CRV vehicle with registration No GT 2822-12. They got to her front gate, and the son, who was driving the vehicle, got down to open the gate.

When he entered the vehicle to drive into the house, four men came from behind a shop in front of the house, pulled out guns, and pointed at them.  The son was pulled out of the vehicle and ordered to lie down on the floor with a gun pointed at him, while another ordered the complainant, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, to remain seated.

All four men got on board the vehicle and drove off with the complainant towards the Community 22, Mitchell Camp road, where the complainant was thrown out of the vehicle into the bush. They also took away the complainant’s handbag, one Samsung mobile phone, and cash in the sum of GH¢180. The complainant was able to identify the first accused when he was arrested in connection with another robbery, in which a police officer was killed.

The first accused person (A1) denied the robbery, but investigations led to the arrest of the second accused, who told the police that it was A1 and some other people who sold the said vehicle to him in Togo for GH¢7,000, and when he bought the vehicle he changed the colour from ash to black, and gave it to the third accused person to offset a debt of GH¢12,800 he owed him.

A3 then changed the chassis number, forged the papers of the vehicle, and also sold it to someone for GH¢37,000, after telling the buyer that he was a military officer. A3 also registered the vehicle for the new buyer, after claiming that he had sources at the Licensing Office who will expedite the registration.

By Maame Agyeiwaa Agyei

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