The Circuit Court in Accra has sentenced a 25-year-old painter to 20 years’ imprisonment on charges of conspiracy to rob and robbery.
Ernest Atsipoe-Agbey, the convict, was sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy and 20 years for robbery. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Atsipoe-Agbey pleaded guilty on his first appearance before the court, presided over by Mr Justice Eric Kyei Baffour.
He told the court that he pleaded guilty because he did not want to waste its time and, therefore, asked the judge to deal leniently with him.
Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Abraham Annor, said somewhere in May, 2010, the convict and two others entered the complainant’s house at Tuba with a pistol and knives.
He said they met the complainant’s wife who was then sick.
According to Mr Annor, the assailants tied the complainant’s sick wife with a cable wire and made away with a bag containing 7,300 euros and a Nokia phone valued at GH¢35.
He said just when the convict and the others attempted to bolt, two of them were arrested by the police, but the convict managed to escape.
The two others, he said, were currently on trial at a High Court.
Mr Annor said Ernest was later involved in another robbery incident at the Madina Police Station where he was identified.
He was later taken to the CID Headquarters and after interrogation was charged for court.
Source Graphic Ghana