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Driver gets ten years for robbery

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jailStephen Frimpong, a driver who robbed his colleague of his cab at gun point at Dome in Accra, was on Friday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.

Frimpong pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy and robbery.

The court presided over by Mr Francis Obiri convicted Frimpong on his plea.

Meanwhile his accomplice, Yaw Agyapong, is said to be on admission at the Police Hospital following gunshot wounds he sustained when he attempted to escape.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) P.A. Morkeh told the court that the complainant, Emmanuel Addoquaye Tetteh, lives at Haatso in Accra.

The prosecution said Frimpong and Agyapong, who are friends, reside at Santa Maria and Kwabenya respectively and on November 5, last year, the two accused persons met at Dome to plan a robbery operation.

During their meeting, it was decided that Frimpong was to charter a taxi to a spot at Dome CFC flats so that they could rob the driver of his car, according to  DSP Morkeh.

The prosecution said Frimpong at about 1230 hours went to Haatso and chartered the complainant’s car with registration number GC 3252-12.

The court heard that on reaching a spot at Dome, Frimpong asked the complainant to stop, and pleaded with him to assist him to carry goods from his car into a parked vehicle.

DSP Morkeh said while removing the goods from the vehicle, Agyapong emerged from nowhere, sat in the vehicle and pulled a locally manufactured pistol at the complainant.

Agyapong, the prosecution said, held the complainant’s neck against the driver’s seat and succeeded in pulling out him (complainant) out of the car and sped off.

DSP Morkeh said the accused persons took away documents covering the vehicle, driver’s license and GHc 55 cedis.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons managed to change the number plate of the taxi from GC 3252-12 to GS 9028-12 ,and the vehicle’s side address was in the name of Frimpong.

DSP Morkeh said on December 11, last year, Frimpong who was using the vehicle for commercial purposes sent it for repairs at a workshop at Kwabenya in Accra.

Prosecution said following information gathered by the Police, a team of policemen were dispatched to the workshop and the two accused persons were picked up.

Agyapong, who attempted to run away was shot in the left thigh, and had been on admission at the Police Hospital.

Frimpong and Agyapong in their cautioned statement admitted the offence.

Source: GNA

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