A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 49 years in prison for stealing an iPhone and GH 470 from a University of Ghana level 100 student.
Yakubu Issah, a farmer who embarked on a robbery spree with an accomplice who is now on the run, fired rounds at the victim who was on his knees praying for his life to be spared, but the shots were misfired.
Issah pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of possession of guns and ammunition.
He, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty to the charge of robbery conspiracy.
On the counts of possession of firearms and robbery, the court, presided over by Ms Patricia Amponsah, sentenced Issah to five and 49 years in prison, respectively.
The sentences must be read in order.
The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Evans Kesse, told the court that about 12:00 a.m. on November 11, this year, the complainant, in his Range Rover, drove from his house to buy food at Agbogba, Madina.
The prosecutor said upon the complainant’s return at 12:30 am, he came out of his car to open the gate and the accused persons suddenly accosted him and ordered him to surrender all his belongings.
ASP Kesse said the complainant refused to do so but Issah’s accomplice, Yaw, shot the complainant on his forehead but it misfired, prompting the accused to also shoot the complainant on his head which also misfired.
The complainant, on seeing that the accused persons’ pistols could not hurt him, raised an alarm for help.
“The accused persons in the process succeeded to rob the complainant of his one iPhone, 12 Pro Max mobile phone valued at GH¢7,000 and a cash of GH¢470, which his accomplice took away along with the other belongings,” the complainant said.
The complainant, he said, thereafter managed to struggle and hold the accused until people came around, adding “all witnesses in this case came to the scene and rescued the complainant”.