18 July 2012

Ghana: Driver and Trader Get 80 Years for Robbery

An Accra circuit court has sentenced a driver and a trader to a total of eighty years imprisonment in hard labour, for robbing an Italian and a Ghanaian at gun point.

The convicts, Fuseni Mumini Gariba, alias Burger, a-32 year-old driver and Awudu Mumuni, alias Baba Ayitey, a-45 year-old trader, who acted together with Charles Agyemang, alias Nana Yaw, 23 years, attacked the victims at around 12 midnight and made away with travelling document worth GH¢800, a laptop worth GH¢1,870, one Iphone worth GH¢700, two nokia phones and a cash sum of GH¢695.

The court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, therefore, convicted them on their own plea to a sentence of 40 years each in hard labour.

The first accused person shot one Poala Badalass, 49 years, in the head, resulting in her being hospitalized at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, but died after two weeks.

Both accused persons, including their accomplice, Charles Agyemang, are facing one count of conspiracy to commit crime and four counts of robbery, but Fuseni Mumini Gariba is facing an additional charge of murder.

Fuseni Mumini Gariba and Awudu Mumuni pleaded guilty with explanation to two counts of robbery and not guilty to the rest of the charges, whilst third accused person Charles Agyemang pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him before the court. The plea of Fuseni Mumini Gariba on the murder charge was, however, not taken.

The first accused person, giving an explanation for his action told the court that he followed the second and third accused person to the crime scene, but didn't know what they were going to do there.

As for the second accused person, he was asked by the first accused person to go and hire a taxi cab to enable him go and collect some money.

Presenting the fact, the prosecutor, ASP Reneidolf Agyemang told the court that on June 6, 2012, at about 12 midnight, the victim and a Ghanaian lady friend by name Angela Addico arrived at the entrance of their house from Osu on their VW Passat Saloon car with the registration number GT 6997-10 driven by Donnini Lorenzo.

According to him, whilst at the entrance, the accused persons who had traced the victims from a coffee and ice cream shop at Osu in a taxi cab suddenly attacked them at gun point.

He said after severely beating them, they collected a bag containing travelling documents, one laptop, four mobile phones and a cash amount of GH¢695.00 and a 1000 Euros, adding that the robbers as well opened the boot of the vehicle and took away some provisions which the victims had bought for use.

"The first accused person shot the deceased, Poala Badalass, aged 49 years, who was seated in the front passenger's seat, on the head and injuring her severely.

She was rushed to the Korle-Bu teaching hospital where she died on June 19, 2012, at about 5:00pm, whilst on admission," the prosecutor added.

ASP Agyemang stated that Fuseni Mumini Gariba, in haste to escape from the crime scene, dropped his nokia C2 mobile phone with double chip, which was retrieved by the police.

He mentioned that the police traced him via the phone and got him arrested on June 20, 2012, at his hideout at Weija, and when the news of the first accused person spread, the second and third accused persons escaped to Kumasi where they re-grouped themselves into another robbery gang.

"On July 11, 2012, at about 11pm the two accused persons and two other accomplices who are currently in custody in Kumasi went on a robbery spree and were arrested by the buffalo unit of the Ashanti regional police command where a pistol and a dagger were retrieved fro them" he added.

Accordingly, the second and third accused persons were later transferred to Accra on July 13, 2012. He said efforts are being made to arrest 'Pee-Copee', who drove the taxi to the robbery scene.

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