The 13 members of pro-NPP group Delta Force have been sentenced by a Kumasi Circuit Court 4 for escaping from lawful custody.

Their lawyer Gary Nimako argued that they are first time offenders and they turned themselves thus the trial judge should take that into consideration.

His plea convinced the presiding judge who then pardoned them and mitigated their punishment on grounds that they showed remorse and also voluntarily handing themselves to the police.

The trial judge sentenced the suspects to 200 penalty units which is equivalent to 2400 cedis each. They would also sign of good behaviour for six months.

If they fail to pay the fine they would be jailed for three years. This was after they pleaded guilty to charge of escaping lawful custody.

The 13, who return to court today, Tuesday, 11 April, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit crime, assault of a public officer, causing unlawful damage, and preventing a public officer from performing his lawful duties when they stormed the Ashanti Regional Security Council on 24 March to drag the regional security coordinator, George Agyei, out of his office.

This fresh charge was after some of their supporters aided them to escape from lawful custody moments after trial judge Mary Nsenkyire declined the accused bail, ordering that they be remanded for a fortnight.

The 13 later turned themselves in to the police following widespread condemnation from the public.

But, they will return to the Kumasi Circuit Court on April 20, 2017 for allegedly assaulting the Security Coordinator.