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02.12.2005 Crime & Punishment

Armed robbers holds Judge at gunpoint

By Daily Graphic
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Gun-wielding robbers have attacked residents of Nsawam, inflicted wounds on a circuit court judge,Mr Kwadwo Owusu, and his watchman and raped his niece.

The robbers later blocked the Adeiso-Asamankese Road, seized an Opel Vectra car from a couple and shot two passengers on a Benz bus whose driver decided to speed away after spotting them.

The robbery victims, together with those who sustained the gunshot wounds were admitted to the Nsawam Government Hospital but have all been discharged, with the exception of a student of the Asamankese Secondary School who has been transferred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Deputy Eastern regional crime officer, Mr Paul Eklo, said the robbers, who all escaped, struck at the judge's residence at about 12 midnight last Friday at Oparekrom, near Nsawam, amidst the firing of gunshots.

Wearing masks, he said, the robbers hit the judge's watchman, Paul Adia, with a stick, decking him, after which they used cement blocks to break the main door of the judge's apartment to enter his room.

According to Mr Eklo, while in the house, the robbers inflicted cutlass wounds on the judge and raped his niece before taking away $500.They bolted amidst the firing of gunshots.

The Deputy Crime Officer said the same robbers, after attacking the judge's residence, went to block the Adeiso-Asamankese main road and seized the Opel Vectra,with registration number GT 6664 G, from Seth Okyere.

He said the robbers tied up Mr Okyere and his wife, after beating them soundly, and used their car to block the road so that other cars could not use the road.

Mr Eklo said the driver of a 207 Benz bus, with registration number GT 286 W,Abbass Mohammed, driving from Accra to Asamankese, spotted the robbers and decided to make a U-turn but his vehicle was shot at.

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