GHANA: Court Sentence 2 Armed Robbers To 50 Years In Prison For Robbing And Beating Up An Ex-Military Officer

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Two armed robbers were yesterday sentenced to 50 years’ imprisonment for robbing at gunpoint and severely beating an ex-military officer and his four daughters at Teshie in Accra, Ghana.

The convicts — Baba Anaba, Evans Ogbey and two accomplices — had, two years ago, gone to the ex-military officer’s house with a locally made pistol and machetes to rob their victims.

They succeeded in bolting with a laptop and four mobile phones.

They were charged with conspiracy and robbery, but they pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, imposed 25 years’ imprisonment each on the two counts for each person.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

Meanwhile, their accomplices, Samuel Bortey and Alex Ametepey Tetteh had already been jailed 23 years on similar charges.

Passing sentence, Mr Tandoh said armed robbery was on the increase in society today and so there was the need to send strong signals to the criminals that “society will not tolerate such robbery”.
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