IN a desperate attempt to have money to meet the health needs of his wife, Steven Ayomba, a 20-year-old shoemaker allegedly robbed two staff members of the West Hills Mall, Accra.
Luck, however, eluded he and his accomplice, Sulley Jali, 20, a truck pusher, and they were arrested.
The two men were arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
They denied the charge and was remanded in police custody.
The accused looked moody, terrified and sad, when their charges were read in court by the prosecutor.
Deputy Superintendent Edward Acheampong prosecuting, told the court, presided over by Justice Francis Obiri, a High Court Judge, sitting with additional responsibilities that, at about 3.45 p.m. on May 24, the police received a distress call that a gang of armed robbers had stormed the Accounts Office of the mall, and firing indiscriminately. And two staff of the Mall were injured.
The police moved to the scene and arrested the accused.
The two staff of the mall who sustained gunshot wounds are currently responding to treatment at the hospital.
DPS Acheampong said investigations conducted on the accused revealed one of the victim’s Samsung Galaxy Mega G.3 mobile phone valued at US$500.
He said information available to the police indicated that Jali is alleged to have been involved in another robbery case pending at the Circuit Court.
Ayomba is said to have told the police that a Fulani man gave him the pistol to enable him to undertake the said illegality, to pay the GH¢1,500 medical bill of his wife who had been diagnosed of Hepatatis ‘B’.
DSP Acheampong said Jali is a regular visitor to the mall, hence his location of the accounts office, where the robbery took place.
By Malik Sullemana & Francis Osei Sarpong