20-year-olds sentenced to 25 years for stealing Itel phone

BY: Jennifer Ofori-Boateng and Nadia Pedersen
Boys aged 20 sentenced to 25 years for stealing an Itel phone
Twenty-year-old's sentenced to 25 years for stealing Itel phone

Tears streamed down the face of Patrick Frimpong when he and his friend Charles Miraku were sentenced to a total of 25 years imprisonment for stealing an Itel mobile phone.

Frimpong and Miraku both aged 20 years were sentenced to 15 years and 10 years respectively on Tuesday, July 10, by Her Lordship Afi Agbanu after they pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit crime to wit; robbery.

According to DSP V.K. Dosoo, on May 5, 2018, at about 11:15 pm at Atico in Accra, Frimpong and Miraku who are both labourers, attacked the victims on their way home after the victims had visited their sister Fauzia who lived around Atico Goil filling station.

DSP Dosoo in his testimony to the court explained that the convicts attacked the victims and asked them to surrender their phones and money. 

He said, they only succeeded in seizing Amidu’s Itel mobile phone valued at GH₵300 before bolting away.

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A police patrol team later arrested Frimpong and Miraku after Amidu screamed for assistance. It was later discovered that one of the convicts (Miraku) had concealed a pistol on his person during the heist. 

Delivering the judgement, Her Lordship Agbanu said Frimpong was given the harsher sentence (15 years) because he pointed a knife at the victims; Patricia Mensah and Shamzetu Amidu during the robbery.

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CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT - 1960 (ACT 29)Section - 149 - Robbery

(1) Whoever commits robbery is guilty of an offence and shall be liable, upon conviction on trial summarily or on indictment, to imprisonment for a term of not less than ten years, and where the offence is committed by the use of an offensive weapon or offensive missile, the offender shall upon conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than fifteen years.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) the Attorney-General shall in all cases determine whether the offence shall be tried summarily or on indictment.

(3) In this section "offensive weapon" means any article made or adapted for use to cause injury to the person or damage to property or intended by the person who has the weapon to use it to cause injury or damage; and "offensive missile" includes a stone, brick or any article or thing likely to cause harm, damage or injury if thrown. [As substituted by the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2003 (Act 646)].