Unemployed man remanded for strangling , car snatching

BY: Joycelyn Kyei-Baffuor

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded an unemployed  man, Kola Josue, for allegedly snatching a Toyota Vitz car from a taxi driver at Lashibi in Accra.

The accused person, who is a Togolese, is said to have committed the crime with two other accomplices, Joshua and Ajokate, who are currently at large.
Josue, charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit crime, pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Facts of the case

The Prosecutor, Inspector Jonas Lawer, told the court, presided over by Mrs Rosemary Baah Torsu, that both the complainant, Mr Emmanuel Allotey, a taxi driver, and Josue were residents of Lashibi.

On July 22, this year, Josue and two others met in Lashibi and hatched a plan to snatch a vehicle from a driver.
Prosecution said on July 23, at midnight, they engaged the services of Mr Allotey, who was driving a Toyota Vitz car with registration number GT-5644-21 at Lashibi.

They asked the driver to send them to Emef Estates in the same area.
Upon reaching their destination, the prosecution said Joshua and Ajokate alighted and attempted to pay the fare, while Josue remained in the back seat.

Suddenly, he pulled a rope and strangled the driver till he passed out.
Josue and his accomplices pushed the driver out of the car and drove off.

Prosecution said in the early hours of the same day, they took the car to the Accra mall in a bid to sell it.
Police got wind of it and proceeded to the mall and nabbed Josue but the two others absconded.

Josue was escorted by the police to the area where he and his accomplices abandoned the driver and he later identified the accused person as the one who strangled him with a rope.

In his caution statement, Josue mentioned Joshua and Ajokate as his accomplices but when he led the police to their respective homes they were absent.

Prosecution told the court the police were making frantic efforts to arrest the two.
Josue is expected to reappear in court on August 10, 2021.