Tarkwa (W/R), Jan.
31 GNA - A Tarkwa Circuit Court has sentenced four illegal miners to 100 years
imprisonment for robbery and conspiracy to commit crime.
The convicts, Clement Okyere, 33, Desmond Quame Manu Senior, 26, Kwame Attiah, 25 and Nanjo Kwabena, 19 year-old, pleaded guilty and each jailed 25 years each.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew, the presiding judge, urged Ghana Police Service to honour both the informant and the police personnel at Asankragwa in Amenfi West District for the swift interventions they made to apprehend such “dangerous individuals in the Ghanaian society”.
Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah, the prosecutor, told the court that on January 19 the Asankragwa police had information that Okyere, Manu, Attiah, Kwabena and one Antie who had gone into hiding were planning to rob Ofa Yaw, a small-scale miner at Asankra-Breman.
Upon the tip-off, he said, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Owusu Brempah, District Police Commander in charge of Asankragwa organised his men and laid ambush at the mining site where the convicts and their accomplices were planning to attack.
According to the prosecutor, around 1600 hours the convicts armed with single barreled shotgun came to the mining site and attempted to steal the black sand gold concentrate from their owners, but the police intervened to arrest them, but the convicts managed to escape.
He said some witnesses who were at the site when the incident happened identified the convicts, which led to the arrest Asankra-Breman where Okyere, Attiah and Kwabena were arrested.
The youth in the town also arrested Manu and handed him over to the police.
However, the police are yet to arrest Antie, one of the accomplices in the robbery.