Two brothers who robbed an Uber driver of his mobile phone and money after pulling out a pistol and cutlass on him, have been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The brothers, Gordon Dogbatse, a 22 year old casual worker and Isaac Dogbetse, a 23 year old unemployed, wept uncontrollably after sentence at the Adentan Circuit Court.
They were accused of forcing the complainant, Emmanuel Kwame Krakani, at gun point to transfer GHS 700.00 from his MTN Momo wallet to an AirtelTigo Cash wallet.
Gordon and Isaac pleaded guilty after been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.
Gordon prayed the Court to forgive him and that he will not repeat the act. He said “If I do that again the Court should kill or cain me.”
Isaac, a father of one also prayed for mercy, saying he did not know Gordon compelled the complainant to transfer money from his (Gordon’s) wallet.
The Court case, which was presided by Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah, convicted them on their own plea.
According to the Court, it took into consideration their quick admission of guilt, and the fact that the convicts had no previous convictions.
However, the Court said, it further considered the alarming rate of robbery cases within the area and sentenced them to serve as deterrent to others.
Prosecution led by (Police) Superintendent Patience Mario narrated that the complainant is a trader residing at Madina.
In the month of February this year, the complainant was in charge of his Chevrolet Cruze Saloon car with registration number GE1046- 21 when the boarded the Uber.
Supt. Mario said on reaching a section of the road at Agbogba Yellow house, the accused told the complainant to stop so they could alight.
Prosecution said in the process, the accused persons pulled out a pistol and a Cutlass concealed on them and they robbed the complainant of GHS600 in cash and his Tecno mobile phone valued at GHC 1,200.
They further compelled the complainant to transfer GHS 700.00 from his MTN Momo wallet to their Airtel Tigo Cash wallet.
Prosecution said the complainant had been tracking the accused until December 8, this year, at about 2:00pm, the complainant through the assistance of others arrested Gordon who was escorted to the Agbogba Police Station.
Prosecution said on December 9, this year, Gordon led the Police to trace Isaac from his hideout.