-A phone thief has been handed a hefty jail term after his victim ‘arrested’ him
-According to reports, his victim held onto his shirt till he was apprehended
-The suspect, who was riding a motorbike, was sent to the Sakumono Police station after his arrest
A motor rider and suspected mobile phone thief, Mustapha Mohammed, 20, has faced the full rigors of the law after his ploy to snatch a mobile phone from his 18-year-old victim was met with stiff opposition.
On February 21, 2018 at about 7:30 p.m, the female victim who was returning home from lectures on reaching the Vivian Farm Junction around Lashibi, was attacked by Mohammed who was riding an unregistered motorbike.
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He snatched the mobile phone of the young lady and attempted to speed off with his ‘price’.
However, in a ‘Rambo-style’ battle, the female student who had her phone snatched by Mustapha Mohammed, held on to his shirt as he mounted his motorbike trying to escape.
The struggle landed both the suspect and the victim in a nearby gutter which drew the attention of bystanders who went to the rescue of the victim and ‘arrest’ the phone thief.
He was then whisked away to the Sakumono Police Station by his captors and reported for trying to bolt with the victim’s phone.
Mustapha Mohammed, who appeared before an Accra Circuit Court pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and was handed a very hefty sentence of 10 years imprisonment with hard labor even though he pleaded for clemency.
Trial judge, Mr Aboagye Tandoh, would have none of the pleas and handed down the sentence to the 20-year-old man.
Even though the judge commended the lady for fighting off the thief, he added that she should have considered the harm that could have come to her.
Mohammed was said to have attacked and robbed the 18-year-old student of her mobile phone valued at GH¢650.
In passing judgement, the court took into consideration his demonstration of remorse and also the five days already spent in custody.
According to Superintendent of Police Kweku Bempah, the student held on tightly to Mohammed’s shirt as he attempting riding away and started shouting for help.
Her move signaled some people who were also at the scene and they rushed to her rescue, retrieved her phone and chased Mohammed till he was caught.
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