Four in Court for Car Robbery
By Helena Selby
The accused persons; Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi, alias Yaw Medal, Emmanuel Osei, Isaac Anim and Pavis Susuawu allegedly robbed the said vehicle with registration number GT 9287 Z, immediately the complainant parked it in his house at Ashongman Estate in Accra.
The complainant, who drove from Cape Coast to Accra felt he was being monitored by some people in a vehicle but did not take heed to it until he and his family were attacked with a gun and a cutlass.
The accused persons were arrested by the police after they robbed a Toyota Hilux.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime, contrary to section 23 (1) and 149 Act 29/60, whilst the first and second accused persons are facing additional charge of robbery, contrary to section 149 of Act 29/60, and the third and fourth accused person facing additional charge of abetment of crime contrary to section 20 (1) and 149 of Act 29/60.
All accused persons pleaded not guilty to all charges leveled against them when they appeared before the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri but were, however, denied bail and expected to re-appear before the court on October 16, 2012.
Narrating the facts of the case, the Prosecutor, DSP Patrick A. Mokeh told the court that on September 21, 2012, at about 9:40pm, the complainant was robbed of a Toyota Prado with registration number GT 9287 Z, when travelling from Cape Coast to Ashongman Estate, Accra.
He said the complainant, before entering his house, saw a private car at the first junction, but did not suspect any robbery attack, so he went ahead, adding that there were three family members on board the vehicle, and on reaching the main gate of his residence, one of them got down to open the gate.
“However, just as he parked in the garage, he heard noises behind him and before he could come out of the vehicle, the first and second accused person and one other, armed with locally made pistol and a cutlass, were all over him.
They forced him at gun point to surrender the ignition key amidst beatings. Eventually, they overpowered him and drove the vehicle away towards the Brekusu road, followed by the private car he saw earlier”, the prosecutor told the court.
DSP Mokeh further mentioned that on reaching Asofa from Pokuase, the vehicle developed an engine problem and could not move, so the suspects had to park.
It was the view of the prosecutor that Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi, alias Yaw Medal, Emmanuel Osei, and their accomplices went to Isaac Anim, who had been sponsoring their operations, with the fourth accused person and one Nana Osei, alias Acura, now on the run, to see if the vehicle could be repaired, but to no avail.
DSP Mokeh disclosed that the third accused person and Nana Osei have given the first and second accused and their accomplices; namely Yaw Sarpong and Eric Adjei a Nissan Maxima private car, together with arms, to trail people using Toyota branded vehicles and rob them.
According to him, the vehicle, when robbed, is sent to the third accused person and Nana Osei, who will drive it the same night to the fourth accused person at Aflao, who also uses unapproved route to Lome-Togo.
“The first and second accused persons were arrested when they robbed a Toyota Hilux on September 23, 2012. During interrogation, they confessed robbing another Toyota Prado on September 21, 2012, but abandoned it at Asofa bush. The vehicle was accordingly retrieved”, the prosecutor noted.
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