Stanley Appiah, a taxi driver has been sentenced to serve 15 years imprisonment for robbing a lady by an Accra circuit court. The court also gave him a five year sentence which he is to serve concurrently for stabbing a military officer.
Appiah is said to have robbed a lady, Mavis Appiah and robbed her of her mobile phone at dawn at Santa Maria, suburb of Accra whilst being pursued by a military officer, the accused stabbed him.
The military officer however, managed to subdue him and retrieved the stolen mobile phone.
Prosecuting, (ASP) Patience Mario told the court that Mavis, 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.
Appiah attacked the lady on December 5, at about 05:30 hours, while she was heading to work and pulled out a knife at which point he snatched her mobile phone.
Prosecution said Asiedu, the second complainant, who overheard Mavis chased Appiah and collected the mobile phone.
It was while in the ensuing struggle that the robber stabbed Asiedu on the left side of his chest and attempted escaping. He was subdued and tried throwing away the weapon.
Asiedu, was quickly rushed to the hospital for treatment while Appiah was handed over to the Police by other good Samaritans who came to the victims’ aid.
The court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh therefore charged Appiah with robbery and causing harm, on his own plea of guilty to the said charges.
The court said the accused was a first time offender.
Appiah himself, had earlier on prayed the court and the victims to forgive him as he did not know what came over him to commit the crime.
During interrogation, Appiah admitted the offence but denied stabbing Asiedu with a knife, adding that he rather stabbed him with a nail.