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Taxi Driver Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Robbing Colleague of His Cab

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Timothy Amponsah, a taxi driver, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor by the Tarkwa circuit court for conspiracy and robbery. Amponsah, together with his wife, Sheilla Omano, conspired to rob a fellow taxi driver, Sampson Arhin, of his Mazda Damio taxicab worth GH₵30,000. The convict pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him, having been a repeat offender.

According to the prosecutor, Amponsah and his wife, who is currently on the run, traveled from Asebu Ankromah in the Central Region to Prestea to execute the operation. The couple hired the service of the complainant and asked him to take them to Dumasi to visit a friend. On arrival, the accused made a phone call, claiming that the person they had come to see had left for Bogoso. They then requested that Arhin take them to the said place.

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During the journey, Omano sat in the front seat, while Amponsah sat behind the driver. At a rubber plantation, Amponsah attacked Arhin and smeared pepper on his face, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Amponsah then pushed him out of the vehicle and drove away.

The complainant reported the incident to the police, who arrested him on March 11, 2023, at Asebu Akromah. Upon searching Amponsah’s room, they found the complainant’s original number plate.

For the most part, criminal activities such as robbery can be devastating to their victims, causing loss of property and even physical harm. The judgment handed down by the Tarkwa circuit court sends a strong message to would-be offenders that such acts will not be tolerated by society. It is important to note that robbing a colleague in the same line of business can negatively impact the industry, creating a sense of insecurity among its members.

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