PROF. MENSA-BONSU (MRS.) JSC:-
This is an appeal against conviction, and in the alternative, against sentence, for a crime of robbery committed in February 2002. The High Court, Cape Coast, tried and convicted the appellant on 27th July, 2005 and sentenced the accused to 45 years imprisonment with hard labour. An appeal to the Court of Appeal some nine years later affirmed the conviction by the High Court on 24th May, 2016, but reduced the 45-year sentence imposed to 40 years.
At about 1 a.m. on 9th February 2002, some intruders invaded the residence in Cape Coast, of an Anglican Priest, who was also an employee of University of Cape Coast. Their arrival at the premises was heralded by gunfire and loud noise. They were armed with guns and cutlasses and numbered about seven or eight. The purpose of their intrusion was to steal some money that had been given to the priest to purchase a plot of land for another Anglican Church at Tema. The intruders first went to …