Court Remands Policeman For Robbing Chinese Embassy Staff

chief justiceThe police man, who robbed a staff of the Chinese Embassy,in Accra of his pick-up vehicle and cash, was yesterday remanded by an Accra Circuit Court after being arraigned on two charges of conspiracy and robbery.

General Lance Corporal Benjamin Terkutey and one civilian, Patrick Kobby, who is on the run, are said to have robbed the Chinese, Xiangmei Shen, at gun point, using AK47 rifle at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra.

In court yesterday, Cpl. Terkutey, stationed at the Kaketoo Police Station in Ashaiman, appeared without a lawyer, and denied the charges against him, but was remanded until September 2 by the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick Morkeh told the court that on August 4, at 10 p.m., the complainant was driving the pick up with registration number CD 2665X from the Spintex road with two other Chinese nationals onboard, towards the Chinese Embassy at the Airport residential area.

On reaching the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, the prosecution said, Kobby and Terkutey who were wearing dresses similar to police uniform and armed with AK 47 assault riffle, robbed the Chinese of GH¢500, an Ipad and two mobile phones.

The prosecution said the two also snatched the Pick-up vehicle which they later abandoned at the Osu Post Office Area.

A report was made to police. The Osu Police District Command on night patrol duty spotted the pick-up parked opposite the Osu Post office and brought it to the station.

Inspection conducted on the vehicle led to the discovery of a Nokia mobile phone which was left in the vehicle by the robbers.

Investigations indicated that it was Terkutey and his friend, Kobby who robbed the Chinese nationals.
According to the prosecution, the police source also revealed that on August 7, at 8:00 p.m., Kobby invited Terkutey and his spouse to a meeting at which he told them that the police was looking for Kobby because of the robbery they undertook.

Terkutey was later arrested and when interrogated, he broke down and confessed, explaining that he had earlier performed duties at the Axle Loading centre on the Accra-Tema motorway and when he closed from duty, he failed to return the weapon which they used for the robbery.

He identified the mobile phone that was found in the vehicle as belonging to Kobby.In a related development, another Ghanaian who robbed a Sri Lankan of US$34,000 was yesterday refused bail by the same court and remanded until September 2.

David Anokye, popularly referred to ass Taller, pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery. He and two others, who are already standing trial in a High Court, were said to have robbed the Sri Lankan, Nanese Maserbe, of the money and other personal effects, in July 2009, and went into hiding.

Upon a tip-off, the police on August 9, this year, arrested Anokye who was hiding in a house at Ashaiman Tamfo.He denied the offence in his caution statement to the police. – Stephen Kwabena Effah

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