8 February 2013

Ghana: Musician Jailed 10 Years for Causing Harm

A musician, who injured a taxi driver he attempted robbing, has been sentenced by an Accra Circuit court to ten years imprisonment in hard labour.

The convict, Isaac Opoku Kwakye hired the services of the taxi driver to Anyaa, a suburb of Accra and in the process of the journey, attacked the driver as he attempted to get hold of the car key.

The convict, who was struggling with the driver over the key, hit him several times with a stone on the head, causing him to sustain injuries. Isaac Opoku Kwakye was arrested, when a witness passing by raised alarm on what was happening.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted to commit crime contrary to section 18 (1) of the criminal code 1960 (act 29) and guilty to the charge of causing harm contrary to section 69 of the criminal code 1960 (act 29).

The court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri sentenced the convict on his own plea on the second count. He is expected to re-appear before the court on February 20, 2013 to stand trial on the count of attempted robbery.

Briefing the court, the prosecutor, DSP P. A. Mokeh told the court that on January 31, 2013 at about 8:00pm, the convict hired the complainant's KIA pride taxi with registration number GR-1648-X from Kwashieman to Anyaa, a suburb of Accra.

According to him, on reaching a section of the road, the convict pleaded with the complainant to stop for him to make a phone call.

He said while the complainant was patiently waiting behind the steering wheel with the engine off, the convict, who was sitting behind the complainant at the back seat held his neck in attempt to strangle and snatch the vehicle from him.

"The complainant struggled with the accused person and managed to free himself and jumped through the window of the front door with the car key but in the process he fell down.

The accused person rushed on him and began struggling with the complainant in the attempt to collect the car key from him", the prosecutor told the court.

He further emphasized that the convict however, picked a stone and began hitting the complainant with on his head and other parts of his body, when he found it difficult to get hold of the key as a result of which the complainant sustained multiple injuries.

DSP Mokeh told the court that a witness, who was standing at a distance, saw what was happening and rushed to the scene and rescued the complainant, adding that with the assistance of other witnesses, the convict was arrested.

"During a search in the taxi, a toy pistol, powdered pepper, a blade, glue and a cello-tape. The convict was later handed over to the police at Anya.

During investigation, the accused person denied the complainant but admitted the offence in his cautioned statement", prosecutor noted.

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