Driver and mechanic in court for robbery

A driver, Abubakar Yusif and a Mechanic, Francis Oduro, were on Tuesday arraigned before an Accra circuit court for robbery and conspiracy to commit crime.

The two were alleged to have conspired and robbed one Gabriel Opoku of his gold necklace worth GH¢ 1,500.00, a Samsung Galaxy S.4 worth GH¢ 1,500.00 and an amount of GH¢ 60.00, at Achimota Mile 7.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick Morkeh said the complainant, Gabriel Opoku, works with a mining company in Tarkwa, while the accused persons are a driver and a mechanic both residing at Dome.

He said on January 4, 2014, the complainant arrived at St John’s bus stop from Tarkwa through Kumasi to meet his sister.

He said Gabriel, upon alighting, climbed the foot-bridge to access the other side of the road, when two men confronted him.

DSP Morkeh said Yusif, the taller man who had rings on almost all of his fingers, suddenly hit him hard on the forehead, while the shorter one, Oduro, punched him in the ribs, and he fell down.

He told the court that the two succeeded in robbing Gabriel of his gold necklace, a Samsung Galaxy S.4 and an amount of GH¢ 60.00.

He said the complainant pleaded with them but they only gave him back the chip of his phone and escaped.

The prosecution said: “His cry for help drew the attention of a sympathizer who gave him GH¢ 2.00 to take a vehicle to the police station”.

He said upon investigations, the two were arrested from their hideout at Dome Afghanistan, with the help of the victim who identified them by the rings on the fingers of Yusif.

DSP Morkeh said the two denied the offence in their caution statement but after investigations they were charged with the offence. GNA

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