Pastor, four others granted bail in gold robbery trial

A pastor and four others who allegedly attempted to rob a gold dealing company in Accra were yesterday admitted to GH¢75,000 bail by an Accra Circuit Court, with three sureties to be justified.

The court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, upheld the bail application put in by their lawyers.

Joseph Tommy, 42, the pastor and gang leader, Abraham Ayimbilla, alias Azeeman,32, driver; Abubakar Sadiq, alias Hego, 28, cattle farmer, and Samuel Bright, 20-year-old student would appear again on July 28.

They are facing charges of conspiracy to commit crime, to wit robbery, attempting to commit crime, abetment of crime and possession of fire arms without authority, to which they have pleaded not guilty.

Led by Mr. Abraham Amaliba, the lawyers prayed the court to grant their clients bail because the facts presented by the prosecution, did not support the charges preferred against them.

Disputing the charges, Mr. Amaliba held that Article 296 (1) mandated the court to grant them bail, praying that the judge exercises his constitutional duty to do so.

The facts, according to the prosecution were that Bright, the first accused was said to have clandestinely planned with his accomplices to rob an Indian gold dealer (a supposed employee) for failing to motivate him financially.

The five have been in police custody since their arrest two weeks ago.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Adu, told the court that the complainant was an Indian gold dealer in Accra.

He said on June 28 2014, Bright, who lives in Accra consulted Tommy, also in Kumasi that his employer had been counting money in the night but failed to motivate him financially.

Tommy on the other hand engaged the other accused with the intention of robbing the gold dealing company and sharing the booty.

Chief Inspector Adu said Ayimbilla and Sadiq supplied the arms for the operation including a foreign pistol with four ammunition and a locally manufactured gun with one cartridge.

Later, Tommy engaged another man for the operation.

The two agreed to meet at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra at about 6 p.m, on July 1, 2014.

Unknown to Tommy, the contact whose name is being withheld had alerted the Kumasi Police of the operation.

Upon arrival at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Tommy was arrested, while handing over the weapons to the contact and Bright.

Bright arrived at Caprice in a cab from Abelempke, to collect his share of the booty and was arrested, while Ayimbilla and Abubakar who also travelled from Kumasi to Accra for their share were arrested, detained at the Tesano police station, and processed for the court.

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