An Adentan Circuit Court has sentenced two individuals to 35 years imprisonment each for kidnapping and robbing a trader at Amrahia within the Greater Accra Region.
Richmond Kluttey, 26, and Samuel Olise, 27, aka Junior, had been discovered responsible on the fees of conspiracy to kidnap and rob, kidnapping and robbery at the top of the trial.
Kluttey and Olise are said to have demanded GHS6,000 as ransom before releasing the victim. Two attorneys who acted as friends of the courtroom, prayed for mitigation saying the courtroom in sentencing them ought to take into account the accused individuals’ age and the fact that the accused individuals had been first offenders.
“We pray that the court will tamper justice with mercy,” the attorneys submitted. The courtroom presided over by Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah in sentencing, said the courtroom had thought-about the accused individuals’ ages, the fact that they had been first offenders.
The courtroom said it was, nevertheless, minded to make some observations through the trial. According to the courtroom the accused individuals of their defence turned to “colour”, the thoughts of the courtroom with a unique story indicating the complainant and his friends had been prostitutes who had come to cook dinner for them and later borrowed money from them (accused individuals).
It noted that the accused individuals indicated that as a result of the victim and her friends couldn’t pay the money given to them, they (the accused individuals) decided to take the victim’s iPhone 11 valued at GHS5,300.
The courtroom said it was not enthused about how the accused individuals had labelled the victim as a prostitute or hook up girl and that irrespective of the sort of job an individual did, she or he shouldn’t be harmed or kidnapped.
The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyo, said the complainant, name withheld, was a trader residing at lakeside Estate whiles the accused individuals, now convicts, had been labourers at a block manufacturing unit at Damfa, Accra.
The prosecution said on May 1, 2022, at about 7:00pm, a man whom the complainant had by no means met however had been chatting with, referred to as “scatter”, on an internet relationship platform, referred to as the complainant and invited her to a buddy’s birthday party at Amrahia, close to Christian University College, Accra.
It said the complainant left her home to attend the party and on arrival at a bit of the highway close to the Christian University College, the prosecution said the said “Scatter”, despatched Olise to meet the complainant and ship her to the party floor.
The prosecution said later, Olise satisfied the complainant that the gate to the place was locked so they’d have to alight from their car and walk. The prosecution noted that Olise and the complainant alighted and walked by way of the bush.
According to the prosecution, half method by way of the journey, Olise gagged the complainant and threatened to kill her if she shouted. The prosecution said Kluttey emerged from the bush with a knife and pointed same to the complainant, snatched her iPhone 11 and rapidly dragged her to one other location and raped her.
It said after the rape, Kluttey requested the complainant to disable her iCloud account on the telephone and took possession of it. The prosecution told the courtroom that the complainant was made to call her family members to ship her ransom before she may very well be freed.
It said the complainant remained under the management of the accused individuals till her landlady transferred GHS2,000 to a Momo vender to Olise’s telephone as a ransom before they set the complainant free.
The prosecution said a report was made to the Lakeside Police Station and thru intelligence, it was discovered that the convicts and others had an analogous case at the Adenta Police Station.
The Lakeside Police proceeded to the Adenta Police Station the place the complainant recognized Olise as the one who met her on the highway, led her to the bush and gagged her.
The prosecution said Olise was arrested and in his investigation warning statement, Olise denied the offences however later confessed within the presence of an independent witness.
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