Suspect says victims gave items willingly

A taxi driver standing trial for robbing two persons at Adjiringanor East Legon, in Accra, denied the charge when he opened his defence at the Accra Circuit Court “One” yesterday.

He said that the victims rather packed their items and willingly gave them out to him when they saw him in their room at about 2:00 a.m., but he did not threaten them with a weapon as the police have alleged.

Kwesi Asampana, a resident of Madina Estate, is standing trial for robbing two persons, a student and a banker, at Adjiringanor on February 16.

Dodzi Lovi, an accomplice, who was with Asampana in the dock also opened his defence, and corroborated what his colleague (Asampana) had earlier told the court.

“The people willingly gave us their items, we did not force them,” they said, in their individual defence during cross-examination.

But  Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patience Mario, maintained that the weapons the accused wielded at the time of entering the room, scared the complainants and cowered  them into submission thus, allowing the culprits to take the items away.

Asampana and Lovi robbed their victims of a 32 inches flat screen TV, a Samsung tablet phone, a Samsung Note 3 phone, an I phone, a power bank, a golden Rolex watch, all valued at GH¢8,300.00 and a cash of GH¢200.00.

The prosecution had told the court presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh that, the accused at about 2:00 am, on February 16, 2016, wielding knives and cutting pliers, invaded the house of the complainants, forced their doors open and held them hostage.

By Castro Zangina-Tong        

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