Trader on remand for alleged robbery

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded Prince Ofosu, a trader, in police custody on two counts of robbery.

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The accused person, who pleaded not guilty, would reappear on September 15.

Superintendent of Police, Kweku Bempah, told the Court, presided over Mr Aboagye Tandoh, that on August 28, at about 2100 hours, the complainants were waiting for a vehicle at the Shiashie Bus Stop, when the accused person and two others attacked them.

He said in the process, they snatched a mobile phone valued at GH¢500 from the first complainant and quickly crossed the road to the opposite bus stop.

He said the accused person put his hand into the pocket of the second complainant, who was also in the process of boarding a vehicle and pulled out his money.

“In the process, some of the money fell onto the ground and the accused person deliberately shouted asking who the owner of the money was,” he added.

The Prosecution said the complainant then abandoned the idea of joining the vehicle and bent down to pick the money, only to be slapped on the face by the accused person, making him momentarily dizzy.

Supt Bempah said the accused person then picked the money and two mobile phones belonging to the second complainant and passed them to his accomplices, who are now on the run.

He said the complainant suspected the accomplice, called Mike, and attempted to arrest him but the accused person intervened and obstructed him to enable Mike to escape with the booty.

He said as the accused person was about to escape, the complainant raised the alarm and with the help of bystanders, he was arrested.

He said the first complainant, who was watching the incident, went to identify the accused person as the one who had earlier snatched his phone.

He was handed over to the Police and during investigations, it was established that the accused person and his accomplices, who stayed at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, went to the crime scene to rob their victims.

It was also established that the accused person and his accomplices mingled with commuters, who were waiting to board vehicles and in the process attacked them and robbed them of three phones and total cash of GH¢7,300.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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