Three car snatchers jailed

prisonThree car snatchers were on Thursday sentenced to a total jail term of 60 years by an Accra High Court for snatching a taxi cab at gun point at Pokuase near Accra.

The accused persons Theophilus Opare Akunnor aka Yee Dade, Michael Mensah and  Eric Robert Wormwui aka Kakalika, all drivers had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and robbery.

The court presided over by Mr Justice Charles Quist convicted them to 20 years each on each count.  Sentences are to run concurrently.

The court noted that the convicts stabbed the complainant in the neck, tied him and robbed him of his taxi cab.

James Sarfo a mobile phone dealer, who dishonestly received the vehicle, was admitted to bail as he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecuting, Nii Kpakpo Addo, an Attorney for the state said the complainant who is a teacher and a taxi driver is a resident at Pokuase.

On April 29, last year at about 7:00pm the complainant was driving his Kia Rio taxi cab with registration number GE 3733-12 from Achimota to Amasaman.

Prosecution said on arrival at Dome,  one Kwame John and Kotey both at large engaged his service  to drive them to Topido Guest House  at Pokuase.

On reaching the guest house, Mensah and his accomplices now at large asked the complainant to wait for them as he would be driving them to another place.

On their way, the convicts attacked the complainant and beat him. Akunnor pulled a knife and stabbed the complainant in the neck.

Prosecution said they further tied the complainant’s hands and legs with a rope, his mouth with a duster, placed him in his car booth,  dumped him on the banks of River Nsarkyi and asked him complainant to say his last prayers.

The complainant pleaded with the convicts not drop him into the river as he had children.

The three convict drove the vehicle to one Samuel Kofi Bana aka Agbe who is also on the run  where they quickly removed the number plate replaced it with a trade plate number DP 10332 and engaged the services of a sprayer  who changed the colour of the vehicle  from black and yellow to ash and yellow.

They further sold the vehicle to Sarfo who sent it to Ashanti- Mampong in the Ashanti Region.

Based on Intelligence report, the convicts were arrested.

Source: GNA

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