At Long Last! Koala Robbers Sentenced to Over 30 Years In Jail; Families Weep Uncontrollably

The Koala robbers were sentenced alongside three other accomplices who also bagged a 28-year jail term each, for conspiracy…

The two men who attempted to rob a worker of the Koala Shopping Mall in Accra have been sentenced to 39 and 35 years each respectively in prison for robbery, by an Accra Circuit Court. The duo, Stanley Obaliko and Okoe Quarcoe, allegedly shot an employee, Lydia Horsu, of the Koala shopping Centre at Cantonments in January 2016.

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The Koala robbers were sentenced alongside three other accomplices who also bagged a 28-year jail term each, for conspiracy. The accomplices include a supervisor of the shop, Gilbert Osabutey, and two private security men; Michael Edor Ahiataku aka Old soldier, and Frederick Sedro Kwame.

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Passing his judgement, the presiding Judge, Abogyee Tandor indicated that the prosecution in the case proved beyond reasonable doubt, that the five planned and executed the robbery.

The accused persons were immediately taken away in a Police van. Families of the accused persons wailed uncontrollably as the police van took off to the prison.


The victim, Lydia Horsu is a Marketing Administrator with the Shopping Centre, who goes round daily to collect previous days’ sales; dispatching them to the head office. On January 9, 2016, at about 8a.m, the victim went to the Koala Shopping branch at Cantonments, but she decided to pick the company’s invoices and voucher to audit them, before leaving for the head office at the Airport.

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On seeing the victim leave the office, Osabutey reportedly alerted the accused persons through a phone call. The duo had boarded a BMW motorbike and trailed her to the American Embassy area at Cantonments.

According to Lydia Forsu, Obaliko and Quarcoe who were on the motorbike, instructed her to give her bag to them. She reportedly refused to comply, and raised an alarm. This infuriated Obaliko, who pushed her down and shot her twice on her thigh and calf.

Having sped off, a taxi driver, who witnessed the incident, chased them with his vehicle and crashed into their motorbike, knocking them down. Investigations ensued immediately leading to the arrest of the duo.