Two drivers, Emmanuel Benson and Kwasi Owusu, who chopped off a man’s ear and made away with his Toyota Corolla taxi cab, have been sentenced to a total jail term of 55 years by an Accra Circuit Court, Ghana.
The Toyota taxi cab with registration number GW 3159-11, worth GH¢11,000 was reportedly snatched by the convicts at Kasoa. They were, however, apprehended by the police when an informant spotted the taxi cab at Accra New Town, after the police were informed of the missing vehicle.
Appearing before the court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri with three separate charges: conspiracy, robbery and causing harm, Benson, however, pleaded guilty and was jailed 25 years, while Owusu’s sentence was deferred.
The court, Thursday found Owusu guilty, after the prosecution had brought enough evidence to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt, and jailed him 30 years.
Narrating the facts to the court, the Prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP Patrick Morkeh, said on 8 August, 2011, at about 12 midnight, the Regional Criminal and Investigative Department, CID, team on night duty were informed that a taxi cab had been snatched at Kasoa.
The information, he noted, was then relayed to all patrol teams to look out for the taxi and arrest the occupants. DSP Morkeh added that they admitted the offence wholeheartedly during interrogation, while the complainant identified them as the people who attacked him and made away with his taxi cab.