The Circuit Court in Accra trying six alleged robbers, five of whom are policemen, says it would strike-out the case if prosecution delays the process.
The court said on the next adjourned date, if prosecution fail to comply with its orders for the trial of bullion vans and street robberies to continue, it would strike the case out.
The court said the delay was worrying and the incarceration of accused was inconsiderate, and adjourned the case to June 28, 2022, for Case Management Conference or possible start of the case.
However, the court said it could not grant the six accused bail as prayed their counsels due to the nature of the offence and the circumstances of its commission.
The court said it would strike out the case if prosecution fails to comply with the court’s order to file and serve accused with witness statements.
Five police recruits – General Constables: YaroAfisu Ibrahim, Albert Ofosu,also known as (aka) Cypher, Richard Boadu, aka,Osor, RabiuJambedu and Nelson Tetteh have been charged with conspiracy and attempted robbery.
Constable YaroAfisu Ibrahim and Constable Albert Ofosu, aka, Cypher, have pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted robbery.Their accomplice, Baba Zakari, aka Rasta, a mechanic, and a civilian, together with the five were all in court on Monday.
G/Constables Richard Boadu, aka Osor, G/Constable RabiuJambedu, G/Constable Nelson Tetteh and Badu Zakari have also pleaded not guilty to the charge of abetment.
The court has ordered prosecution, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sylvester Asare, to file disclosures and witness statements and serve the six accused.
Defense counsels – Justin Terriwajjah, David Bondorin, JangoHuhu, Devine DotseTettey and Andrews KudzoVortia prayed the court to grant their clients bail, but the request was refused by the court.
DSP Asare had told the court that General Constables Yaro, Fosu, Boadu, Rabiu and Tettey are police recruits and friends whilst Zakaria is a motor mechanic.
Prosecution said in 2021, the police recorded series of bullion van and street robberies within the Greater Accra region and mounted surveillance.
DSP Asare said on February 22, 2022, the police had a tip-off that armed men attacked a bullion van at North Kaneshie.
Hesaid investigation led to the arrest of Constable ReindolphGyimahAnsah, alias Pablo, and Lance Corporal Stephen Nyame [both deceased].
DSP Asare said further investigation led to the arrest of accused.
He told the court that the Constables, including the deceased, after their basic training, were posted to the National SWAT Unit, Police Headquarters, whilst Tettey was posted to the Rapid Deployment Force [RDF], at Wa.
DSP Asare said that Yaro, Fosu, Rabiu and Tettey when posted to their respective units, underwent tactical and specialized weapon training, to enable them to discharge their functions, which included escort and protection of bullion vans.
He said that in February 2022, accused, including their deceased colleagues and those at large, agreed, attacked and attempted robbing Mon-Tran Ghana’s Bullion Van.
DSP Asare said they shot into the bullet proof van with AK 47 Rifles and used Royal motorbikes alleged to be Tettey’s, which were ridden by their accomplices at large.
The court heard that Boadu’s duty was to monitor the van and feed the gang with information. -GNA