Five persons have been remanded in police custody by an Accra Circuit court for a week for allegedly robbing a Chinese woman of GH₵ 410,000, $8,000 and two iPhones at Caprice, Accra
Facts of the case
The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Seth Frimpong, said on December 9, 2022, an intel was received by the Accra Regional Command about armed men on a motorbike who had attacked, shot and robbed a Chinese woman.
The police rushed to the scene to investigate and found the distraught victim. The victim reported that she had earlier cashed GH₵ 370,000 from a bank in the Westhills Mall, Mallam-Kasoa road. She also said she had GH₵ 40,000, $8,000 and two iPhones (11 and 8+) which were all stolen, the prosecutor added.
During investigations, it was discovered that the accused persons, Prince Anthony Chiobi, Izichuku Igwenagu, Emmanuella Chinwetalu (pregnant woman), Martin Ahamafula Onwuka and Godfred Chukuebuka were part of a gang at Buduburam, within the Gomoa District in the Central Region. There was a sixth accused person, Yaw John Darko, who is on the run.
The prosecutor said police attempt to apprehend the culprits resulted in an unexpected shootout between them and the robbers which resulted in the death of one Nneji Ogbona and another.
They managed to apprehend some of the culprits while others escaped.
The apprehended culprits were the ones before the court, the prosecutor added. The five, who were present in court, have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.
The court, presided over by Mrs Susana Eduful, did not take the plea of the accused persons to allow for further investigations by the police. A bail request by the counsel of the defendant, Edward Nana Asare, was denied.
Mr Asare argued that the investigation by the police was flawed as there were no indications that his clients committed the said crime and should be granted bail.
The prosecution objected, saying that the accused persons could run away and also were needed to assist the police with further investigations.
Mrs Eduful ruled that the accused persons be remanded in police custody for a week and the pregnant woman given good care.