Crime & Punishment of 2014-02-27

Court remands unrepentant ex-convict for robbery

An Accra circuit court on Wednesday remanded one Abass Suleman, unemployed and four others in police custody for robbery contravenes sections 149 0f Act 29/60.

Abass pleaded guilty and confessed to the offence but the others pleaded not guilty and would re-appear on March 3, for sentencing.

“My Lord, I undertook the robbery operation alone, the others are not part,” Abass told the court in tears.

Abass, who is an ex-convict, said he was imprisoned for assault charges and served the sentence for eighteen months at the Akuse prisons.

Police Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka told the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri that, the complainant is a German National residing at Klangon, whilst the accused persons also reside in the same area.

He said on February 23, at about 02:40 hours, the complainant was returning home from town, holding a black bag containing a Toshiba laptop computer and a green lady’s purse, in which she had her credit card, health insurance card and a cash amount of GH48.00.

The prosecution said about 20 metres to her home; Abass emerged from a nearby bush behind the complainant and pushed her to the ground and forcibly collected the bag and bolted.

He said the complainant screamed for help and a ‘Good Samaritan’ came to her aid and the case was reported to the police.

Upon a tip-off, the police arrested Abass at his hideout at Klangon, and led the police to arrest the other accused persons, where the items were retrieved.