One shot dead and three arrested for robbery

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The Kwabenya Divisional Police Command has arrested and charged a woman and two men robbery and conspiracy to commit crime to wit, robbery.

The Prosecutor, in his opening statement to an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, stated that the complainant, Rosemary Owusu is a hair dresser and lives at ACP High Tension Estate, Pokuase. He further indicated that the first accused, Ama Bonsu is a trader who lives at Dobro; the second accused, Abrefa Mensah is unemployed and lives at Kumasi. The third accused, Kwasi Agyei, lives in Accra.

On 1st May 2018 at about 9:20am, the complainant boarded a Nissan Almera taxi Card with registration number GW 7781-13 driven by Yaw Sarpong, the deceased with Ama Bonsu, Kwasi Agyei and Abrefa Mensah on board. On reaching a section of the Kwabenya road, the third accused handed a GH50.00 denomination note to the driver as if he was paying his fare.

The driver requested the complainant to change it for him but she declined. The second accused who was in the front passenger seat pushed his seat backwards. As a result the complainant felt uncomfortable so she started complaining. The driver advised her to press a button under the seat to re-adjust the seat. In her attempt to do so, the third accused who was sitting next to her removed a duster to blindfold her. The complainant sensed danger and immediately ordered the driver to stop for her to alight but he refused. The complainant started shouting and the driver raised the side-glass to prevent her from jumping out of the moving car. The complainant threatened to break the side-glass if the driver would not stop the car. They took her to a distant place and the third accused took her handbag and pushed her out from the moving car.

The complainant boarded another taxi and chased the accused persons. On reaching the Ga Rural Bank at Kwabenya, the complainant alerted a policeman on duty of the incident and he quickly chased and intercepted the accused persons in traffic. The complainant approached the intercepted car and identified the accused persons to the policeman. The police ordered the driver and his accomplices to remain seated in the car whilst he called a Police Patrol Team to escort them to the Kwabenya Police Station. Unexpectedly, the driver hit the policeman with the car and attempted to escape. The policeman fired into the car resulting in the death of the driver.

In the process, the car ran into three other cars before it finally stopped. The accused persons surrendered and they were arrested while the deceased was sent to the Police Hospital mortuary pending autopsy. In their respective causation statements, the accused persons admitted the offences and mentioned the third accused as the leader who owned the taxi.

Appearing before the court, the counsel for the accused persons, George Asemeni, stated that the three accused persons are not robbers and didn’t rob anyone. He also indicated that all the three accused are workers and nothing could have made them to rob in broad daylight.

The defence counsel prayed for bail but the court declined and remanded the three accused police custody. The case was adjourned to 21st May, 2018.

Source: GhanaJustice/S.Ayisi