Two best friends have been sentenced to a total of 30 years imprisonment in hard labour by a Kumasi Circuit Court for robbing one Norbert Nsor, Zoomlion woker of his mobile phone and chopping off his left wrist at Asafo Interchange.
Emmanuel Osei Amoako, alias Chibsah, 20 and Emmanuel Nuako alias Bonnty Killer, 22 both pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempt to commit robbery and causing harm, contrary to sections 23(1) and 149, 18(2) and 69 of the criminal offences of Act 1960 (Act 29).
The two are unemployed and loading boy respectively. The court, presided over by His Honour Abdul- Razak Musah jailed them 15 years each on counts 1 and 2 and 10 years each on count 3.
The sentences will run concurrently. His Honour Abdul – Razak Musah in sentencing them considered the fact that the two shown total remorse, and their pleas for leniency, age and the fact that they did not waste the court’s time.
Presenting the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Thomas K. Hodanu, said on May 5, this year the victim and his girlfriend were heading towards Asafo Interchange when suddenly the convicts came out of nowhere and attacked him (victim) in an attempt to snatch his Techno Spark 4 mobile phone from him.
The prosecution added that the convicts met a heavy resistance from the victim and in the process Emmanuel Osei Amoako pulled out a cutlass from his trousers. Norbert Nsor, upon seeing the weapon, took to his heels but was giving a heavy chase by Osei Amoako and managed to inflict several cutlass wounds on his right hand before cutting off his left wrist.
A witness in the case rushed the victim to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Emergency Unit together with the amputated hand where he was admitted for treatment.
DSP Hodanu stated that, the two convicts were overpowered and arrested by some onlookers and handed them over to the police at Asokwa.
According to him, their offences were pointed out to them and they admitted. Victim on court verdict After the verdict, the victim told realnewsghana his dissatisfaction about the sentence and said he expected the Presiding judge to have awarded him with a compensation since he went for a loan to pay for his medical expenses.
“I collected GHS 3,000.00 from friends for my medical expenses and I thought the judge was going to award me with a compensation. Sentencing them to 30 years will not bring back my lost wrist’” Nsor toldrealnewsghana after the ruling.
He appealed to well -meaning people in society to assist him financially to pay up his loan of GHS3,000.00.
Filed by:David Afum / Kumasi