Welder jailed 15 years for robbery

A welder is set to spend the next 15 years of his life in prison after the Accra Circuit Court found him guilty of robbery.

Joseph Kumah, who is 22 years, was slapped with three counts — unlawful entry, stealing and attempt to commit crime, namely robbery.

His accomplice, Ayittey Badaha, who fled the crime scene is still at large.

The facts of the case presented by Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor is that the complainant is a technician and lives at Manet Village, Spintex in Accra.

The accused person is a welder and lives at Teshie, also in the country’s capital, Accra.

On February 2, 2018, at about 2:15am, the accused and his accomplice now at large, armed with cutlass, cutter, and screw driver, entered the complainant’s house after scaling the wall.

Chief Inspector Ahiabor said the accused used the screw driver to push a sliding glass door of the complainant’s room and entered one of the rooms in the house.

The duo picked six mobile phones, a digital camera, a laptop computer and a power bank and packed them on a table in the hall.

All this time, the complainant was said to be in his bedroom watching them.

The accused and his accomplice went to the door of the complainant’s bedroom and kicked the door open, wielding a cutlass and robbed the victim.

The complainant who was already armed with a pump action gun, trembling with fear, fired at the accused but managed to escape.

The complainant reported the matter to the police, and a medical form was issued to him. He is reported to have sustained injuries at the mouth, jaw and neck, after a visit to the Lekma Hospital.

He was later transferred to the 37 Military Hospital for further treatment. He was examined by the medical doctor who detected that the injuries were as a result of gunshot.

The accused was arrested and during the investigations it was revealed that the accused and his accomplice were those who went to the house of the complainant to rob him.

After investigation, the accused was charged with the offence.

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