Crime & Punishment Wed, 27 Jan 2021

Building contractor in court for allegedly aiding and abetting crime

An Accra Circuit Court has refused a bail application filed by Mr. Ebenezer Ayensu, a building contractor, held for allegedly aiding and abetting armed robbery.

The building contractor is charged together with two others now at large.

The Court presided over by Mr. Samuel Bright Acquah turned down the application because the accused person jumped bail in a previous matter.

The complaint, in this case, is a taxi driver.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector Samuel Ahiabor told the Court that on June 6, 2018, at 8:30 pm, the complainant was in charge of a taxi cab, when the accused person and two others at large stopped him at Dome crossing and hired his services to Ohene-down also at Dome Pillar II.

On the way, they asked him to stop and park while one of the accused persons, who was seated behind him got down and stood at the driver’s door pretending to pay the fare.

Others were seated at the back and brought out cutlasses.

The Prosecution said the accused person got down, opened the driver’s door and pulled him out, and ordered him to get to the back seat as he took over the steering wheel.

He said while, the other two accomplices now at large sat side by side with the complainant at the back, they drove him to the Dome crossing area, where they subjected him to severe physical abuse.

Thereafter, they pushed him out of the car and sped-off.

A complainant was lodged at Kwabenya Police Station by the taxi driver.

On August 29, 2018, complainant rushed to the Kwabenaya police and informed them that he had spotted the robbed cab at Sowutuom Police Station, sprayed as a private car with a fake private registration number.

Police proceeded to Sowutuom Police Station with the complainant and he identified the said exhibit car as his taxi.

The complainant also identified the accused person as one of those who robbed him of his taxi.

Investigation revealed that the Sowutuom Police had arrested the accused person in possession of the exhibit.

They said the accused person was processed and sent to an Accra Circuit Court 3 duly.

There, he was granted bail, which he duly executed but had since failed to appear for trial, which made the court strike out the matter on June 4, 2020.

The accused person has allegedly committed another offence which is under investigation by the Anti-Armed Robbery Unit at National Police Headquarters.
Source: GNA
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