Four men, who attacked a taxi driver, robbed him of his car, cash and mobile phone at Awoshie, have been ordered by an Accra Circuit Court to be held in prison for a total of 60 years. Frank Obeng, Richard Quaye, Kwesi Asamoa and Samuel Lartey, faced charges of conspiracy and robbery.
They told the court, presided over by Mrs. Adelaide Abui Keddy, that they were not guilty of the charges but the court after the trial ruled otherwise. A fifth person, Francis Addy, who stood trial with them, was however, freed by the court because the prosecution could not sustain the charge of dishonestly receiving the stolen car, preferred against him with strong evidence.
Obeng, Quaye, Asamoa and Lartey are each going to serve 15 years in jail.
According to Police Inspector Thomas Sarfo, the robbery attack happened on September 16, last year. The driver, David Anku, was on his routine business of picking and dropping passengers at the Dansoman Junction at about 0315 hours, when Obeng engaged his services to carry him in his Daihatsu taxi to Awoshie. Not having the slightest inkling about danger, he readily agreed, and they set off on the journey.
43Police Inspector Safo said when they got to Onyinase, Obeng asked that the driver stopped and parked the car, to pick a friend, and Anku innocently obliged – did as he was told to do. From nowhere, Obeng’s other criminal colleagues burst on the scene. Larty pulled a pistol at the driver and ordered him to step out of the car.
He hesitated as Asamoa and Quaye, armed with a screw driver and broken bottles, grabbed and pulled him from behind the steering wheel. The four forcibly removed his cash of GHs630.00 and mobile phone.
They fled with the car, cash and phone.
A report was subsequently filed with the police by the victim driver.
Four days on, the police based upon intelligence arrested Obeng and his other three criminal partners.
They had already sold the car, priced at Ghs22,000.00 on the car market for Ghs5,000.00.
Addy, who bought the car was later arrested and he admitted in his caution statement to police investigators, to buying the stolen car from the four robbers.
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