A Circuit Court in Accra has sentenced Stanley Appiah a taxi driver to 15 years imprisonment for robbing a lady, and five years’ imprisonment for stabbing a military officer.
The sentence would however run concurrently.
The accused Appiah robbed the lady of her mobile phone at dawn at Santa Maria, suburb of Accra and then stabbed the military officer who chased him and succeeded in collecting the stolen mobile phone.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and causing harm, and he was convicted on his own plea.
The court which was presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh convicting him, noted that Appiah who is a first time offender readily admitted his guilt.
Appiah asked the court and the victims to forgive him as he did not know what came over him to commit the crime.
“I have never committed such a crime before,” Appiah declared.
Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Patience Mario told the court that Mavis Appiah, the first complainant, is a factory hand and resides at Santa Maria.
According to ASP Mario, the second complainant, Frederick Owusu Asiedu is a military officer.
On December 5, this year, prosecution said at about 05:30 hours, Mavis was walking to work when Appiah pulled out a knife and snatched her mobile phone.
Not satisfied, ASP Mario said Appiah further demanded Mavis’s purse but she took to her heels and shouted “thief, thief, thief”.
Prosecution said Asiedu, the second complainant, who overheard Mavis chased Appiah and collected the mobile phone. But had to pay for his bravery as he was stabbed on the left side of his chest after which he (Appiah) attempted bolting.
He said when Appiah was caught, he threw away the knife.
Asiedu, according to the prosecutor, was rushed to the hospital for treatment while Appiah was handed over to the Police.
During interrogation, Appiah admitted the offence but denied stabbing Asiedu with a knife, adding that he rather stabbed him with a nail.