Bullion van robbers to appear in court on Feb 9

An Accra district court has adjourned to February 9, the case  in which two policemen and a civilian attempted to rob a GCB Bank bullion van at Donkorkrom, awaiting Attorney General’s (AG) advice.

This was made known to the court yesterday by the prosecutor, Detective Simon Appiah Atiorsornu.

The accused were present in court yesterday.

At an earlier sitting, the court was told that the medical report of the deceased, David Kofi Sarpong, who was the Nkawkaw GCB Bank bullion van driver, had also been forwarded to the AG.

They are General Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah, General Lance Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwa and a mechanic, Hafisu Mohammed, alias Danjuma.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit murder, attempted robbery and murder.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP) Annor said the deceased, David Kofi Sarpong, 52, was the driver of the Nkawkaw GCB Bank bullion van whereas Cpl Mensah and Cpl Abrokwa are policemen stationed at Donkorkrom, in the Afram Plains in the Eastern Region.

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

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

The Prosecution said the suspects waylaid 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.

The prosecutor told the court that Mohammed drove his taxi across Ekye Amanfrom to monitor the arrival of the bullion van, and at about 20 minutes, he (Mohammed) signalled the other two accomplices, who upon seeing the van opened fire, killing the deceased David Kofi Sarpong and injuring the policeman on board.

DSP Annor said 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 men to arrest the accused and retrieved the two AK47 rifles, 24 rounds of ammunition, one cutlass, and two metal bars from them.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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