Wpid Court
Man Jailed For Snatching Car

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A DRIVER, who allegedly pulled a knife on a taxi driver and succeeded in snatching his Toyota Corolla taxi from him, has been convicted and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.

The convict, Hayford Prince Ganyo and his accomplice, Ben, currently on the run, allegedly hired the victim, Joseph Dankyi to transport them to Adjiringano but attacked him on the way and snatched the taxi.

Ganyo and his accomplice also allegedly stole a Nokia phone and cash of GH?240.00.

The convict before the court presided over by Francis Obiri admitted to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery and was sentenced accordingly.

The prosecutor, DSP Patrick Mokeh, presenting the facts of the case stated that the complainant Joseph Dankyi was a taxi driver in charge of Toyota Corolla with registration number GE 4422 -12 and resided at Pokuase while Prince Ganyo lived at Kofevi, Achimota.

He narrated that on January 10, 2014, the complainant was on his daily errands and when he got to a mechanic shop at Abofu around 4:30 pm, the accused and Ben now at large, stopped him and requested that he transported them to Adjiringano adjacent former President Rawlings? house.

The complainant then charged GH?15.00 and on reaching American House, the accused asked the driver to head towards Tesa, an area popularly known as 69.

The prosecutor said the complainant obliged but on the way, Ganyo pulled a knife at the complainant and ordered him to stop.

When the complainant and the accused got out of the vehicle, Ben sped off with the taxi leaving behind Ganyo.

Sensing danger, Ganyo allegedly took to his heels but the complainant shouted for assistance which attracted a taxi driver and a passenger.

They subsequently gave Ganyo a hot chase and apprehended him at East Legon Police Station.

DSP Mokeh said the stolen vehicle was later abandoned at a different location from the scene of crime when the police sent message across all police station.

A search conducted, according to the prosecutor, revealed that the accused had no permanent place of abode.

In his caution statement to the police, Ganyo allegedly denied having committed the offence.

However, the accused later confessed having committed the offence together with Ben and gave a confession statement in the presence of an individual witness.

The convict in the statement allegedly said someone requested for a car with the promise to give them GH?3,000 for their service.

As a result of that Ben asked him to accompany him to Achimota to get a car for the person.

The stolen vehicle had since been retrieved.

 By Benedicta Gyamfi

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