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23.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Four armed robbers remanded in prison custody


A Tarkwa Circuit court has remanded four

armed robbers in prison custody.
They are Kofi Iddrisu 33, also known as Lucky Dube, unemployed, Francis Quasi

22, taxi driver, John Amihere Somnia 34, small scale mining operator and Peter Blaise

22, driver all residents of Prestea.
They pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and would re-appear on March 31.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Anthony Danso told the court presided over

by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawou that at dawn on Wednesday, March 19, this year,

Iddrisu, Quasi and Amihere wearing masks mounted a road block at Awudua junction

on the Tarkwa-Bogoso road.
He said wielding guns they ordered passengers on board vehicles that had arrived

at the barrier to lie down and collected their mobile phones and money.

The prosecution said the accused persons ordered a driver to send them in a

seized KIA Sportage, to Abosso near Tarkwa but stopped on the way and asked the

driver to run away but he hid in a nearby bush.
He said when the accused persons later abandoned the vehicle with the ignition

key the driver returned and drove the vehicle back to Awudua junction and when the

police had a tip-off of the robbery went to the scene.

Police Chief Inspector Danso said the police who suspected a taxi being used by

the accused persons chased it but the occupants fled into the bush and an

announcement on the radio about the activities of the accused the owner informed the

police when the driver reported the incident to him.

He said the fourth accused person Peter Blaise was arrested when he returned to

Awudua junction to enquire if any armed robbers had been arrested at dawn.