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Three robbers were yesterday handed a ninety-year jail term by an Accra Circuit Court.

In separate judgments, the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, sentenced Danso Dominic, a driver, and Zakari Usman, aka Zak, scrap dealer, to 30 years? jail term each while Muttah Sajarr, 24, the only survivor in a two-man robbery syndicate, was also slapped with 30 years.

The court however, acquitted the third accused person, Kwaku Boadi, aka Jacob, who was alleged to have been involved in the robbery with Danso and Zack.

The three convicts were said to have conspired to rob, and did rob one Michael Kumi of his Nokia mobile phone valued at GH?100.

The ?three paddies? were also accused of robbing one Godfred Billa of his Tigo mobile phone valued at GH?50.

According to the prosecutor, Chief Supt. Duuti Tuaruka, Kumi and Billa are a student and a boxer respectively residing at Shikpontele, a suburb of Accra, while the accused persons are also residents of Abossey-Okai, Sukura and Tetegu respectively ? all suburbs of Accra.

He said at about 1:00 am on August 22, 2011 while the complainants, together with their parents, were fast asleep, the accused persons broke into their hall through the kitchen, went from room to room and subjected the two complainants to beatings.

Chief Supt. Tuareka said the accused persons tied the hands of the complainants behind them and robbed them of their mobile phones at gun point and in the process, the father of the complainants, Mr. Dickson Addah, alerted the Amasaman Police Patrol Team who proceeded to the scene immediately.

The prosecutor further said the robbers, noticing the presence of the police, bolted, leaving a school bag and an industrial cutter behind.

He said the police took custody of the bag and discovered that it contained two pliers, cable wire, a pair of scissors, a spanner, screw driver (tester), a bunch of keys, a pair of shoes, a T-shirt, a pair of trousers, a mobile phone and a pair of beach sandals.

He stated that Danso was subsequently arrested and on interrogation, claimed ownership of the school bag and its contents, admitted the offence as well and mentioned Boadi and Usman. The two, upon a tip-off, were arrested.

Sajarr and Abdul Manuf Yussif (now deceased) were also said to have forcefully taken a Kodak digital camera valued at GH?500, from one Clifford Attaglo at Dansoman in Accra. They allegedly stole a ladies? bag containing an amount of GH?100, an ATM card and other personal items belonging to one Sharon Davidson, also at Dansoman.

Prosecuting, Ms Annette Barness, the Assistant State Attorney told the court that on July 21, 2012 at about 3:30 pm, the complainants ? Attaglo who is a policeman stationed at Kasoa and Davidson a senior administration assistant at Central University ? both former students of Swedru Senior High School, attended an old students? association meeting at a pub near Hansonic Hotel in Dansoman, when they were robbed.

Sentencing, Mr. Obiri said he was not enthused about the increasing number of robbery cases in the country, and so the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

 By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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