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Elated GFP leader, Akua Donkor leaving the court after the sentence

Akua Donkor defeats robbers

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh


THE FOUNDER of Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Akua Donkor, has lauded the Circuit Court in Accra for handing a 20-year jail term to each of the three persons who robbed her of  $30,000 when she was travelling to the United States of America last year.

They were found guilty on all two charges, to wit conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery and are to serve 20 years each on both charges, totalling 120 years to run concurrently.

While lauding the outcome of the eight-month court proceedings, Akua Donkor warned evil plotters and those with sinister minds to be minded by the punishment to those who robbed her.

Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE moments after the sentence, she said, “God knows what He wanted to do with me. God would not let them kill me and He will not donate my soul to armed robbers either.”

She said the decision of the court was an indication that “God would not donate my soul to any human being.”

She hooted at those who plotted to rob and kill her.

“I thank everyone, and the media. I said when I become President I will give you all cars. It is something that is there, because you propagate everything for all Ghanaians to hear. If not because of you, I would have been killed by now.”

Court’s decision

The Accra Circuit Court sentenced the three accused persons standing trial for robbing the founder of GFP to a total of 120 years imprisonment.

(From L-R) Yussif Yakubu, Banabas Kayase and Abdul Razak Shaibu on their way to Nsawam after the jail sentence

The three – Yussif Yakubu, Banabas Kayase and Abdul Razak were found guilty on all two charges, to wit conspiracy to commit crime and robbery and are to serve 20 years each on each charge.

The court said after the accused persons were apprehended and officers retrieved the bag, the travelling documents were found in the bag but without the money.

The court said the money was later found in the home of one of them, meaning if they intended to prevent her from travelling, the documents would have been on them at the time of the search and not the money.

They are, therefore, to serve 20 years each for the two charges, making 40 years for each person but the sentences are to run concurrently. According to the court, they are also to refund the remainder of the amount they stole.

Half-truth evidence

The judge also described the evidence of the accused persons as full of half-truths and contradictions that left the court with no other option than to find them guilty of committing the offence.

The court added that the evidence of the accused persons only “occupy space but carry no weight” and questioned the veracity of their evidence.

Plea for mitigation considered

The court, prior to handing them the sentence, said it took into consideration mitigation such as time spent in custody and the fact that part of the money was retrieved from them.

The court also ordered that the remaining amount be retrieved from them and added that the sentence was to serve as a deterrent to others who have an intention to rob.

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