Court grants 3 robbers GH₵ 450,000 bail

An Accra circuit court has granted three robbers GH₵150,000 bail each with two sureties each over robbery

Yaw Owusu, porter, Collins Oti, unemployed, and Evans Kwabena Asare, driver, denied the charges of conspiracy to commit crime and attempted robbery.

The court ordered that Oti and Asare’s sureties are to be justified, but Owusu’s sureties are to have title deeds as well and they would re-appear in court on July 14.

Police Inspector Samuel Ahiabor told the court presided by Mrs Afia Owusua Appiah, that Dr Elsie Emelia Yelbert, an optometrist, the complainant in the case, reside in North Kaneshie, a suburb of Accra.

He said last October, the complainant, who was on her way to work, met accused on a motorbike with Owusu as the pillion rider.

Insp Ahiabor said the accused asked her for direction to Swanlake, and after she obliged, Owusu armed with a knife together with Oti asked her to surrender her handbag containing an Infinix cellular phone, its charger, laboratory coat, ID card, National Service documents, sunglasses and GH¢230.00.

He said the complainant refused to hand over her bag and sensing danger started running amidst shouts for help.

Insp Ahiabor said Owusu caught up with the complainant, held her bag and attempted to snatch it, resulting in a struggle between accused and the complainant.

Prosecution said during the struggle between Owusu and the complainant, one Blay Morkeh, a witness in the case, who was driving a Hyundai Elantra vehicle towards the same direction, came to the aid of the complainant.

Insp Ahiabor said accused sensing danger quickly jumped on the motorbike to escape, but the witness chased them with his car and crashed them around the Patson Early Childhood Development School fenced wall, at North Kaneshie.

Prosecution said Owusu was arrested with the knife by some sympathisers, who handed him over to the police for investigations, but Oti escaped.

Insp Ahiabor said during investigation, Owusu admitted the offence and mentioned one Kwabena as his accomplice, who was subsequently arraigned and remanded.

Prosecution said Oti was identified by the complainant at the courtroom as an accomplice to Owusu and he was arrested.

He said Oti pleaded alibi but after investigations he was charged and put before court. – GNA

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