Four highways robbers, who have been terrorizing traders on the Enchi-Kumasi highways in the Western Region, were on Friday sentenced to a total of 280 years imprisonment with hard labor.
The Takoradi Circuit court sentenced each convict to 70 years imprisonment which would run concurrently.
The names of the robbers are Philip Buabeng (alias Allo), Kwasi Amoh (alias Bontia), Shaibu Mumuni (alias Wahabu) and Ebenezer Animah Nachia (alias No lies).
The convicts were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit crime and eight counts of robbery. They, however, pleaded not guilty but the court found them guilty after almost a year trial and sentenced them accordingly.
The Western Regional Chief State Attorney, Madam Patricia Klininogo told the court while presenting the facts of the case, that the convicts are close friends residing at Enchi and Assankragwa respectively.
She said on November 1, 2010, in the early hours of the day, the robbers blocked a road near Yiwabire Nkwanta on the Enchi-Kumasi main.
The robbers attacked traders in a Kia truck and a 2007 Benz bus and ordered them to lie down and collected their monies and mobile phones, with some of the victims sustaining minor injuries and traumatized.
The robbers bolted into a cocoa farm to a nearby school park to share their booty.
The prosecutor said the victims reported the robbery to the Enchi Police Station and police investigations led to the arrest of Philip Buabeng, with his share of the booty amounting to GH1, 400 on him.
She said Buabeng then mentioned his three other accomplices as Amoh, Mumuni and Nachia and subsequently led the police to their hideout.
Some of the victims, who testified in court said they lost various sums of monies, mobile phones and personal properties during the robbery.
The presiding judge, Mr kwasi Boakye, while pronouncing judgment, said he took into consideration the 10 witnesses, who testified in court and the confession of Buabeng. He described the convicts as young men full of energies, which can be used judiciously in prison, describing the robbery as most disgraceful and diabolical.
“These armed robbers are a danger and threat to society and must not be entertained”, he added.
The judge added that the court would punish severely any youth found guilty, saying the youth of today want to reap where they have not sown.