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12.12.2017 Crime & Punishment

2 Persons On Remand For Robbery

2 Persons On Remand For Robbery
LISTEN DEC 12, 2017

Two persons were on Monday remanded by an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh on the charges of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.

The two, Lord Nii Atram Ashitey, a Motorbike rider and Edwin Acquaye, a footballer, were said to have conspired and robbed one Lazarus Nyarko of his bag containing an amount of GHȼ1,350.00, two mobile phones, a voters ID card, NHIS card and a passport.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charges but were remanded by the court to reappear on December 18.

The facts of the case, as presented by Police Chief Inspector Victor Dosoo were that, the complainant was a second hand cloth dealer at Kantamanto, whilst Ashitey was a Motorbike rider and Edwin, a footballer.

He said on December 1, at about 0400 hours, the complainant who lived at Bubuashie was heading towards the bus stop to board a vehicle to Kwame Nkrumah Circle, onward to Nkawkaw, when suddenly, the two, arrived on a motorbike.

The prosecution said Edwin alighted from the motorbike and ordered the complainant to hand over his bag at gun point but he refused. Edwin gave a warning shot so the complainant took to his heels to seek refuge but he still pursued him and succeeded in snatching his hand bag, containing the above listed items.

He told the court that Edwin again gave another warning shot to scare the complainant and passersby and quickly went ahead to join his accomplice who was by then waiting on the motorbike and they sped off with the booty.

Mr Dosoo said with the help of some witnesses in the case, Ashitey and Edwin were arrested at their hideout and during an identification parade, the complainant pointed out Edwin to the police as the one who snatched his bag at gunpoint.

According to the prosecution, during investigation, the attire which Ashitey wore at the time of the robbery was found in his room.

By Hafsa Obeng, GNA

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