Court sentences two men to 80 years jail term

Two persons who robbed a Chinese mining firm and killed a Chinese in the process have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each in hard labour by a Tarkwa Circuit Court.

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The convicts, Atindor Assuah, 25, a farmer and Kwadwo Amoah, 26, a small -scale miner, were apprehended by the Police with the assistance of a 15-year old boy, who was an accomplice in the robbery.

wpid-court-hearing3.jpgAfter the trial, the convicts were found guilty by the Court on charges of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.

Prosecuting Police Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the Court that in November last year, the Police at Asankrangwa had information that, some armed robbers had attacked workers at a mining site at Chiraa Nkwanta, near Gyedua-Kese in the Amenfi Central District.

He said the robbers made away with some gold concentrate worth GH¢50,000.

The prosecutor said the informant added that a Chinese had also been shot dead by unknown assailants at another mining site.

He said the Police acting on the information proceeded to the scene and found the deceased lying dead besides his vehicle, with gunshot wounds on the body.

The body was later sent to the Enchi Government Hospital morgue for autopsy.

On November 27, the prosecutor said, upon a tip-off, the 15 year-old teenager was arrested in connection with the robbery and mentioned his accomplices as Assuah, Amoah and one Atimba, who is currently at large.

The prosecutor said the boy revealed that the convicts and Atimba asked him to keep watch over the road and alert them if anybody was approaching.

The 15-year old boy later led the Police to the mining sites and showed them where the convicts committed the crime and killed the Chinese as well as the place where they hid their weapons after the robbery.

The teenager later led the police to arrest Assuah and Amoah at their hide-out, but Atimba managed to escape.

The search for Atimba is still ongoing.

Source: GNA

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