Social worker remanded for robbery

arrestA social worker, and founder of the Redeeming Orphan’s Foundation, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), has been remanded in police custody by the Accra Circuit Court “One”.

Zakaria Debe, 35, a resident of Kasoa Amanfro in the Central Region, is charged with  causing unlawful damage to a panel door and two door locks valued at GH¢800.00.

He is also charged with robbing a house-help, Ms Theresa Asamoah, of two Apple ipads, costing GH¢5,400.00, belonging to her employer, and intentionally causing unlawful harm to the victim at Ashongman  Mana, in the Greater Accra Region on April 12, 2017.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges when he appeared before court last Thursday, April 20, 2017, and he was subsequently remanded by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, until May 3, 2017.

Ironically, Zakaria carried out his criminal act against his friend, Lawyer Carl Abruquah, who happens to be the director of the accused’s NGO.

According to the prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka, the complainant (Mr Abruquah) had assisted the accused financially and made some donations towards the upkeep of the children at the foundation for the past three years.

He said that Zakaria on Aprill 8, 2017, requested GH¢700.00 from Lawyer Abruquah to settle his rent, but was given GH¢300.00.

Chief Sup Tuaruka said that the accused went back to the complainant’s house at Ashongman Mana on April 12, 2017, at about 6:30am, and met Ms Theresa Asamoah washing clothes, and she allowed him into the compound.

The victim told the accused that her employer was not at home, but he stood on the compound.

Chief Supt. Tuaruka said that when the victim went to hang clothes on the dryline,” the accused suddenly rushed on her, held her neck tightly, and hit her head against a wall several times until she became unconscious.”

“The accused used a pickaxe he found in the compound, broke into the sitting and bedrooms of the complainant, and stole two Apple ipads,” he said.

The Zakaria was arrested when he scaled the wall of the house to an adjoining  house but a neighbour raised the alarm and he was arrested and handed over to the police, the court heard.

Chief Supt. Tuaruka said that the victim who became conscious reported her ordeal to the police only to realise that the accused had been arrested and brought to the Agbogba Police Station.

Ms. Asamoah identified the accused as the one who attacked her in the house.

The two ipads were retrieved from where the accused dropped them at the time of his arrest, and he (accused) admitted the offence in his caution statement.

By Castro Zangina-Tong  


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