By Helena Selby
A driver who robbed a State Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Department has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court.
The accused person, Emmanuel Gbetor, and his accomplices, Freeman Fancy, Richmond Azienge and Salassie Ntumi, alias Kwaku Amos allegedly attacked the state attorney at gunpoint when she was on the verge of entering her home.
They managed to make away with her Hyundai Tucson 4×4, valued at GH¢30,000, two laptop computers, mobile phones, four assorted fruit drinks, four assorted soaps, and a pack of washing powder and a cash sum of GH¢850.
All accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery. The first accused, Emmanuel Gbetor, pleaded guilty to all the counts leveled against him, while the rest pleaded not guilty before the court presided over by Miss Audrey Koucouvi-Tay.
The first accused was convicted on his own plea to 10 years imprisonment on each count, and would run concurrently.
The rest of the accused persons have been remanded into custody to re-appear before court on May 22, 2012.
According to the prosecution, on January 31, 2012, at about 1:30 a.m., a team of police personnel on night patrol duty within the Ho municipality intercepted the accused persons around the Ho Sports Stadium and subjected them to interrogation to find out where they were going at that time of the night.
Prosecutor ASP Reynolds Agyemang further told the court that in the process, the fourth accused, sensing danger, took to his heels, while the rest of the accused persons were arrested.
He said an instant search conducted on them uncovered two laptop computers, five mobile phones, a cash sum of GH¢670, assorted fruit drinks and four assorted soaps.
He told the court that in the course of the investigations, it was disclosed that on January 31, 2012, at about 8:40 p.m., the complainant drove her Hyundai Tucson 4×4 to her residence at community 18, Lashibi, and alighted to open the main gate to her house, when the accused persons attacked her with pistols.
They succeeded in snatching her vehicle containing the said appliances, items and money, and bolted.
“After further interrogation, the accused persons confessed to the crime of several robberies they committed within Greater Accra and Tema metropolis.
They also mentioned one Dominic Senyo as their accomplice and the chief marketing officer for the previous cars they have snatched, and led the police to arrest him,” he added.
ASP Agyemang noted that on February 12, 2012, the accused persons led the police to Ashaiman to retrieve a KIA Pride which they snatched at Greda Estate, and sold out to one of their customers.
He said the accused persons further led them to Kakasunanka, near Michel Camp in Tema, to retrieve two pistols from the bush where they used to hide them after use.
He mentioned that on April 1, 2012, the fourth accused person was arrested at Adenta, a suburb of Accra, with a locally manufactured pistol when he visited his friend for another robbery mission.
“He admitted the offence in his investigation caution statement, and stated further that he managed to escape the arrest at Ho. He mentioned one Frank at Aflao in the Volta Region who met him at Ho and took the car for the sales on his instruction. He then led the police to Aflao to arrest the said Frank, but that proved futile,” he added.
He said efforts were underway to retrieve the rest of the vehicles.