15 May 2013

Ghana: Driver, Student Behind Bars for Robbery

A driver and a student have been held behind bars by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly robbing a trader of an amount of GH¢1,800 at Awoshie, a suburb of Accra.

Solomon Appiah and Jonathan Asem Steiner attacked the complainant, after he had gone to withdraw money from the Global Access Money Transfer at Abeka Lapaz.

Both accused persons were arrested when they attempted robbing the complainant on another fateful day, after he had again withdrawn money from the same organisation.

Upon their arrest, they admitted the offence and confessed having robbed another victim at Achimota, also a suburb of Accra.

Solomon Appiah and Jonathan Asem Steiner pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery before the court presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Osei Darko.

They have been remanded into custody to re-appear before the court on May 27, 2013.

The underlying facts are that during February 2013, the complainant withdrew money from the Global Access Money Transfer at Abeka Lapaz, and on his way back home, was attacked by the accused persons and two others upon reaching the Nyamekye traffic lights.

The Prosecutor, DSP P.A. Mokeh, told the court that the complainant, during the attack, was handcuffed by Solomon Appiah and Jonathan Asem together with their accomplices, and taken to an unknown place, where they beat and robbed him of an amount of GH¢1,800.

"On May 4, 2013, the complainant went to the same Global Access Money Transfer and withdrew money.

"On his way back home, he was again attacked by Solomon Appiah and Jonathan Asem, who were on board of a Daewoo Matiz taxi cab with registration number GS 8078-12 at [the] Awoshie junction traffic light," the Prosecutor told the court.

According to the Prosecutor, the complainant identified the accused persons and challenged them, but they sped off in their Daewo Matiz taxi cab towards the Awoshie water works upon sensing danger.

He said the witness, who saw the act, gave the accused persons a hot chase, and they were eventually arrested in the process and handed over to the police, together with the taxi cab and military camouflage T-shirt.

DSP Mokeh further said that Solomon Appiah and Jonathan Asem admitted the offence, and revealed that the day before the incident, they robbed another victim at Achimota Mile 7.

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