Mohammed Abu, unemployed who robbed a lady of her hand bag containing a mobile phone worth GH¢450.00 and GH¢100.00 was on Monday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.
He denied robbing one Mable Aboagyewaa a student of Pantang Midwifery School but the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh found him guilty at the end of the trial on the charge of robbery.
The court noted that, prosecution was able to establish its case beyond reasonable doubt.
According to the court, the prosecution was able to establish that it was Mohammed who ply the roads of Legon and robbed some workers.
The court rejected Mohammed’s defence that he went to the bush near Legon to defecate and handed down the verdict to serve as a deterrent although the convict did not use any weapon.
Police Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the Court that the complainant is a student midwife whilst the accused person is unemployed.
He said on August 10, at about 2000 hours, the complainant was walking on the pavement along the street in front of the Legon Mall, when the accused emerged from a bush nearby and snatched her handbag.
The prosecution said the complainant shouted for help but Mohammed forcibly pushed her to the ground and took away the bag containing the above listed items.
He told the Court that the complainant was able to identify Mohammed and made a report to the police.
Chief Inspector Adu said on August 11, whiles investigations was ongoing, a witness in the case was made to dress like a lady and made to walk with a lady's bag on the same street to lure Mohammed.
He said Mohammed unsuspectingly appeared from the same spot, held the witness' bag and while struggling with her, he was arrested.
The complainant's bag and other ladies bags he had discarded were also retrieved from the bush.
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