Court defers sentence of trader to Jan. 28

Accra, An Accra Circuit Court has deferred the sentence of one Mubarak Adamu, a coconut seller, who appeared before it for robbing a lady of her hand bag to January 28.

Mubarak robbed one Yormenu Delali Philomena of her ladies hand bag containing a purse, an amount of GH21, a cheque book, room keys and other personal belongings at Gbawe-Bulemi in Accra on January 11.

He pleaded guilty to the charges of robbery but with explanation.

In his explanation, he told the court that he is a JHS 2 dropout who now sells coconut at Suhum.

He said he had a call from a friend who operates a washing bay in Accra to come so he could offer him a job.

He said upon arrival, his friend influenced him to rob the complainant of her bag which he obliged.

The complainant he said shouted for help so a mob chased him until he decided to surrender himself to be arrested.

The court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku later found him guilty and convicted him on his own plea but deferred the sentence to January 28.

Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the court that, the complainant Yormewu is a banker residing at Gbawe-Bulemi, while the convict resides at Suhum in the Eastern Region, but sometimes comes to Accra to hawk.

He said on January 11, whiles the complainant was on her way from work to the house around 2100 hours, upon reaching Gbawe-Bulemi last stop, she used a small walkway as a shortcut to her house.

He said while going she realized she was being followed by Mubarak, but did not suspect any foul play so she continued her walk.

The prosecution said, the complainant realized that, the convict was doubling his steps so she paved way for him to pass, but surprisingly Mubarak pulled a dagger, pointed it at her and ordered her to hand over her ladies bag to him.

Mr Adu said the complainant was frightened and handed over the bag to him and took to his heels, but the complainant shouted for help whiles chasing him.

The shouts prompted people around, who pursued Mubarak and arrested him at a distance from the crime scene.

He told the court that during investigations, Mubarak admitted the offence in his caution statement.

Source: Ghana News Agency