10 January 2013

Ghana: Two in Court for Robbery and Rape

A labourer and a mason have been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly robbing and raping a sales girl.

The accused persons, Michael Kwablah and Bismack Yeboah, both 24 years, with masked-faces, allegedly broke into the home of the 22 year old victim in the middle of the night and threatened her with a kitchen knife.

The first accused person, Kwablah, who turned out to be the ex-boyfriend of the victim, with the help of the second accused, Yeboah, tore her pant and had sexual intercourse with her. They further succeeded in making away with her mobile phone worth GH¢100 after the act.

The victim, who recognized some features of the first accused person, despite his mask, reported the case to the police, leading to their arrest.

Both accused persons, pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery, they were further given an additional charge of rape and abetment of crime respectively, as they appeared before the court presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri.

Their pleas were, however, not taken but they expected to re-appear before the court on January 23, 2013.

The underling facts are that on December 25, 2012, in the evening, the accused persons went to a night club, got drunk and thereafter planned to go and rob the victim.

The Prosecutor, DSP P.A. Mokeh told the court that on December 26, 2012, at about 3:00am, they prepared and set off with a kitchen knife and face mask.

He said having arrived at the victim's house, they forcibly broke into her room and the first accused person armed with a kitchen knife attacked the victim and demanded for money.

According to him, the victim, who resorted to struggling with him over the knife ended up getting her left finger cut by the knife.

DSP Mokeh stated that eventually the second accused person over powdered the victim , gripped her onto the bed, making way for the first accused person to have sex with her after tearing her pants.

"After the act, the accused persons took away the victim's Itel mobile phone valued at GH¢100, however, the victim, who was able to identify the first accused person through some features of his body, made a report to the police", the prosecutor told the court.

He further told the court that the accused persons were immediately arrested by the police and when a search was conducted in their room, a kitchen knife stained with blood was found, adding that the victim identified the said knife to the police, as the knife which was used by the accused persons to attack her.

He said the accused persons admitted the offence in their cautioned statement and that the docket has been forwarded to the Attorney General's office for advice.

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