Autopsy on GCB Bank bullion van driver ready

The autopsy report on the Nkawkaw GCB Bank Bullion Van driver, David Kofi Sarpong, who died when two policemen and a civilian attempted to rob the van at Ekye Amanfrom in the Eastern Region, is ready.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Abraham Annor, who revealed this to an Accra Magistrates Court yesterday, said that the cause of death of the driver would not be disclosed until the police complete investigation, and forward the docket on the case to the Attorney General’s Department.

He said that the first accused, General Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah, could not attend court because he was ill, and the court presided by Stephen Owusu, adjourned the case to September 20.

The first accused, General Lance Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwa, and a mechanic, Hafisu Mohammed, alias Danjuma, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit murder, attempted robbery and murder.

DSP Annor told the court that Sarpong, 52, was the driver of Nkawkaw GCB Bank bullion van whereas Cpl. Mensah and Cpl. Abrokwa are police men stationed at Donkorkrom, in the Afram Plains in the Eastern Region.

Prosecution said the two policemen had planned to rob the bullion van of the GCB Bank, and on August 16, the suspects, who were on duty at GN Bank and GCB Bank respectively decided to execute their plan.

DSP Annor said, the policemen asked their friend, Mohammed, a taxi driver, and a mechanic to join the plot.

He said the suspects ambushed the bullion van at a spot near Tease and Maame Krobo in the Eastern Region, each armed with AK47 assault rifle at about 10:30 am.

DSP Annor told the court that Mohammed who was in a taxi was at Ekye Amanfrom to monitor the arrival of the bullion van, and upon seeing the van he (Mohammed) signalled the other two accomplices, who opened fire, killing the driver and injuring the policeman on board.

The court heard that the policeman was able to return fire at the accused, who later fled into the bush, adding that the two policemen asked Mohammed, to convey them in his taxi to escape.

Prosecution said information reached the police at Donkorkrom about the incident and they mobilised more policemen to arrest the accused where they retrieved two AK47 rifles, 24 rounds of ammunition, one cutlass, and two metal bars from them.

DSP Annor said that the body of Sarpong has been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Mortuary, for autopsy, while the injured policeman had been treated and discharged by the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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