A third prosecution witness in the trial of the five persons over the Koala robbery has said that Gilbert Osabutey aka Obolo, supervisor at the shop, was not at post on the day of the incident.
According to Mohammed Ali Hamdeen, the accused asked for an excuse to see his (Obolo's) wife.
He said the accused had earlier called him (Mohammed) on phone insisting that his wife had also been attacked by the same robbers.
Mohammed, who was being cross-examined in a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, said Obolo came to work about thirty minutes after he had returned from the hospital to visit Lydia Horsu – the alleged robbery victim and marketing administrator of the Shop.
The Koala branch manager further told the court in an answer to a question from George Asamaney, lawyer for Michael Edoe Ahiataku aka Old Soldier, Frederick Sedro Kwame aka Fred – both private security personnel – that the wife of Obolo was not attacked by robbers.
This was after Mohammed had told the court that he was called by his colleague in the office that Lydia had been attacked and shot by some robbers and that he sought to come and pick her to the hospital.
He said he stayed at the office for about 30 minutes but on his return to the office, he was informed that Obolo had been arrested by the police.
Mohammed said later in the day, Obolo's wife showed up in the office to ask of the reason for her husband's arrest.
The two other accused persons are Stanley Obaliko aka Mohammed Sulemana and Okoe Quarcoe.
Hearing continues today.
The five-man syndicate reportedly trailed and robbed Lydia at about 8am on January 9 this year of her Nokia phone worth GH¢800, a black ladies' bag valued at GH¢200, a Koala ID card, invoices and GH¢100.
Sulemana is facing an additional charge of possessing one automatic MAB foreign pistol No PA151674189, six live 9mm ammunition and five empty cartridges.
Sulemana and Okoe are also standing trial for intentionally and unlawfully causing grievous harm to Lydia.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson