Two policemen and a civilian accused of attempting to rob a bullion van and murdering its driver were yesterday put before an Accra District Magistrate’s Court and remanded until September 6.
The two police officers, General Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah, 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.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP Abraham Annor, prayed the court to remand the accused to enable the police to continue investigations into the matter.
Consequently, the court, presided by Stephen Owusu remanded the three accused persons to police custody, pending the conclusion of investigation.
The judge also explained that the case was before the Magistrate Court for committal, which would be forwarded to the High Court for trial after the prosecution had convinced the court with a bill of indictment and established a prima facie case.
Prosecuting, DSP Annor said the deceased, David Kofi 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.
According to him, 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 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.
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.
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