Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ghana: Two Assailants Sentenced to Prison Terms of 60 Years Each for Armed Robbery of Laptop

To underline just how dramatically criminal justice systems around the world can vary, two defendants, Edward Kofi Ayigwenam, 20, and Anthony Kudzo, 21, were both sentenced to 60 years in prison EACH yesterday (October 23) for conspiracy and armed robbery of a laptop computer (valued at US$949) from a Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology student.

COMMENT: Both defendants brandished knives to carry out their crime and also threatened to shoot the victim, although the assailants were not carrying a firearm.

In passing judgment on the defendants, the presiding magistrate cited an increase in armed robbery in the country as a message to all would-be criminals.

The sentence levied on the two defendants is also a vigorous message to foreigners who might be inclined to commit armed robbery in Ghana.