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Crime & Punishment Fri, 6 Sep 2013

Two suspected robbers remanded

Two suspected armed robbers who trailed a lady to her house at Tema Community 22 and snatched her vehicle at gunpoint have been remanded in prison custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Their pleas were not taken.

They are to reappear before the court, presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, on September 12, 2013.

They are Godson Mantey, alias Velli, an electrician, and Daniel Faitor, a driver.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Duuti Tuaruka told the court that Mantey was part of a gang of four who attacked the lady at gunpoint, subjected her to severe beatings, and took her Honda CRV 4x4 vehicle, with registration number GT 2882-12.

In the car was her hand bag and mobile phone, as well as other items.

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He mentioned the other robbers as Kobby, alias School Boy, and Prosper Ametepe, alias Cools, who are on the run while Prosper Kwataku died in a shoot-out with the police.

Facts of case

Chief Inspector Tuaruka said about 9 p.m. on March 27, 2012, the accused persons met at Kakasunanka, near Ashaiman, and planned to rob.

He said they contacted Faitor, who expressed interest in buying a 4x4 vehicle.

The prosecutor said about 10 p.m. on March 29, 2012, they went out to look for their target.

About 10:45 p.m. the accused persons saw the complainant driving the Honda CRV from Accra to Ashaiman and so they trailed her.

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On reaching her residence at Community 22, she stopped and asked her son to open the gate of the house.

Chief Inspector Tuaruka said suddenly the accused persons, who were armed with pistols, emerged from behind the woman’s vehicle, ordered her to come down, pounced on her and subjected her to severe beatings.

The accused persons later pulled her out of the vehicle and drove it away.

Later, they removed the registration number of the vehicle and drove it to Lome, Togo and parked it in a garage.

On March 30, 2012, the accused persons called Faitor that they had got what he had requested for and that the vehicle was parked in a garage in Lome.

According to the prosecutor, Faitor immediately proceeded to Togo and met the accused persons, bargained with them and settled on GH¢7,000, which he promised to pay the following day.

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Faitor then took the vehicle to a workshop in Lome and changed the colour from ash to black.

He said on the given day for him to pay the money, Faitor went to Lome and paid the said amount to the robbers, fixed a fake registration number on the vehicle and drove it to Ghana through unapproved roads and used it for three months in the country.

Robbers snatched another car

The prosecutor said about 1.30 p.m. on April 10, 2012 the police had information that armed robbers had snatched a Toyota Corolla from its owner at gunpoint and were offering it for sale.

He said a policeman swiftly moved to a hotel at Ashaiman to pose as a buyer, but the robbers identified the buyer as a policeman and shot him.

The policeman later died on admission at hospital.

The prosecutor said on April 12, 2012, Mantey was arrested at his hideout at Lebanon in Ashaiman.

He said the owner of the Honda CRV later identified the Samsung mobile phone being used by Mantey as hers which had been stolen from her during the robbery.

He said on August 12, 2013 Mantey led the police to the Adabraka branch of Ecobank where the Honda CRV had been sold to another person, and it was retrieved.

The prosecutor said the accused persons changed the chassis number and re-registered it at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority before selling it.

Source: Daily Graphic