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At Jasikan in the Oti region, a 24-year-old Kwame Adjei has been sentenced for 25 years imprisonment in hard labour on his own plea.

Kwame, a welder at Jasikan, robbed the complainant, a 28-year-old farmer and part-time Okada rider who resides at Dai-Konda in the Republic of Togo.

According to the prosecutor, ASP Seth Vincent Kpodo, Crime Officer for Jasikan Divisional Command, on June 22, 2024, at about 3pm, Kwame Adjei was asked by the complainant to transport him with his Okada to Kadjebi. The complainant said it begun to rain whilst on the journey. He says when he tried stopping, the accused insisted they continue in the rain.

Upon reaching a bushy area at Bogos junction between Kadjebi and Menuso on the Kadjebi – Nkwanta Highway, the accused poured powdered pepper into the face of the complainant.

According to the Okada rider who is the complainant, the powdered pepper broad his vision making him stop the bike at the instance.

The complainant, Kofi Azorlenyo, said he quickly used his remote controller to the bike to lock it and run to safety.

However, he said the accused succeeded in moving the motorbike away from the scene of incident.

Kofi said he reported the incident at a town called Menuso after raising an alarm, leading to the dispatching of a team to look for the motorbike.

The search party found the motorcycle on a cocoa farm at Bogos Kope, between Kadjebi and Menuso where the accused was traced and found at the main lorry station at Kadjebi.

The key to the stolen motorbike was found on him when a search was conducted. He was arrested and handed over to the Kadjebi police.

Kwame Adjei was identified as the thief who also sprayed the pepper on the complainant’s eyes after an identification parade was organised by the police.

The accused during investigations admitted to the crime and was charged and put before the Jasikan Circuit Court.

He was charged for robbery contrary to section 149 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29). His Honour Michael Jackson Abbey, the presiding judge at the court sentenced him on his own guilty plea to a prison term of twenty-five years in hard labour.

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