‘Serial robber’ appears before court

David Asampana, a 27-year old unemployed, who has been linked to a series of robberies in the Sekondi -Takoradi metropolis since August, this year, appeared before a Takoradi circuit court on Tuesday, charged with robbery.

Asampana, whose plea was not taken, was remanded in prison custody by the court presided over by Mr. William Ntumi, until December 14.

The accused, also known as Kwabena Azure, was described by the police,as a serial robber who attacked his victims with knives especially taxi drivers, and robbed them of their monies.

He used women as decoys to spring surprises on taxi drivers, he had hired.

He snatched their taxis, removed car tapes, mobile phones and moneys, abandoneded the vehicles and sold the booty.

The prosecution, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Osei Kumi, said at about 3am on August 3, Asampana boarded a taxi driven by Peter Awere, ostensibly to visit a friend, who was a suspect at the Central Police Station, but on arrival, the inmates said there was no such person there.

The prosecution said, Asampana directed Awere to a location near the New Takoradi Clinic where, together with his accomplices, who lay in wait, attacked the drivers at knifepoint and took his GH¢30, a mobile phone, car tape and battery.

Awere, reported the matter to the police and mentioned Asam-pana as the one who attacked and robbed him.

“On August 5, Asampana and his accomplices attacked another taxi driver, Michael Baidoo, at the same New Takoradi spot at 10:30 p.m. with a knife.

They asked the driver to surrender his money and as he shouted for help, Asampana and his group fled the scene, Chief Insp. Kumi added.

The driver lodged a complaint with the police, and a search on the taxi revealed an identity card from the SDA Hospital bearing the   name of David Asampana, who was the same person linked to the first robbery.

Chief Insp. Kumi explained that when a policeman was arrested for his involvement in the theft of an engine block, the name David Asampana and Kwabena Azure were linked to the case, stressing that the first investigator confirmed the earlier name as that of the accused.

“The police called other victims to an identification parade, supervised by the Regional Crime Officer, Mr. Reuben Asiwoko, at which Asampana was identified as the accused person who robbed them on various occasions,” he said.

Meanwhile Asampana has pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted robbery and causing harm in a different case at the same court.

From Clement Adzei Boye,Takoradi

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