Auto Mechanic remanded for robbery

An Auto Mechanic who escaped arrest after a robbery expedition at East Legon on March 30, 2016, was on Tuesday put before the Accra Circuit Court “One”.

Joseph Kpakpo Allotey pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime and robbery, and was remanded in police custody until August 22.

Mr. Aboagye Tandoh told the counsel for the accused, Mr. Kofi Bonney, that it was premature to grant his client bail.

The accused was among a gang of armed robbers who struck at East Legon on March 30, 2016, and robbed a  married couple Paa Gyimah Genfi and Mrs. Emelia Genfi of their US$19,950.00,  5,000.00 Euros, 900 Pound Sterling, GH¢8,000.00, three mobile phones, one iPad, a box of jewellery and other items.

A tracking device installed in Mrs. Genfi’s iPhone assisted the police to arrest James Tetteh, unemployed, and Emmanuel Kelly, an electrician but Kpakpo Allotey and others managed to escape.

Chief Inspector Kwaku Adu told the Court that a search conducted in Allotey’s room led to the recovery of US$19,950.00, 900 Pound Sterling,5,000 Euros, three mobile phones, one iPad and box of jewellery.

He said that on June 26, 2016, the police finally arrested him at Madina, a suburb of Accra, while efforts were being made to arrest the rest of the robbers.

By Castro Zangina-Tong          

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