Koala robbers sentenced to over 30 years in jail
An Accra circuit court has sentenced the two men who attempted to rob a worker of the Koala Shopping Mall in Accra to 39 and 35 years each respectively in jail for robbery.
The two, Stanley Obaliko and Okoe Quarcoe allegedly shot an employee, Lydia Horsu, of the Koala shopping Centre at Cantonments in January 2016.
The two were sentenced along with three other accomplices which included a supervisor of the shop Gilbert Osabutey and two private security men Michael Edor Ahiataku aka Old soldier, and Frederick Sedro Kwame for conspiracy.
For sentencing on the charge of conspiracy the five people were given a 28 year jail term.
A according to the judge Abogyee Tandor, the prosecution in the case proved beyond reasonable doubt the five planned and executed the robbery.
On January 9, 2016, at about 8a.m., the complainant, Lydia Horsu, went to the Koala Shopping branch at Cantonments, but she decided to pick the company’s invoices and voucher to audit them and left for the head office at the Airport.
On seeing the complainant leave the office, Osabutey alerted the accused persons through a phone call and Obaliko and Quarcoe boarded a BMW motorbike and trailed the complainant to the American Embassy area at Cantonments.
The prosecution said Obaliko, who was then the pillion rider, alighted, drew out a pistol and pointed it at the complainant and ordered her to surrender her handbag.
Chief Supt. Tuaruka said Ms Horsu refused to comply and raised an alarm.
He said this infuriated Obaliko who pushed the complainant down and shot her twice in her thigh and calf, after which he (Obaliko) and Quarcoe sped off.
A taxi driver, who witnessed the incident, chased them with his vehicle and hit their motorbike.
Police investigations led to the arrest of the rest of the accused person