2 scrap dealers remanded over robbery

Two scrap dealers, who robbed three persons, during Watch Night Service on December 31, last year, have been remanded by the circuit court in Accra.

Hakam Zakaria, 21, and Yakubu Mohammed, 24, who were on motorcycle, robbed their victims of mobile phones and money.

The suspects were grabbed by the police on snap check duty, and when they (suspects) were asked to unlock mobile phones in their possession, they could not. 

 Zakaria and Mohammed have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime to wit, robbery and three counts of robbery.

The two, who had no legal representation, denied the charges, and the case has been adjourned to January 23, 2023.

The court presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah declined bail application for accused because they did not have fixed places of abode. 

Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor told the Court that the first complainant, Theresa Abayeta, a trader, resided at Kokomba, near Agbogboloshie, in Accra.

The prosecution said the second complainant, Vikash Jungir, was a supervisor at New African Construction Limited, whiles accused claimed they resided at Kokomba. 

The court heard that Inspector Daniel Koomson assisted by General Corporal Gerald Folley, both from Motorbike Patrol Department of the Ghana Police Service, arrested the accused at SociétéGénérale, near Paloma Hotel in Kokomlemle, Accra, and took them to the Nima Divisional Command.

Chief InspAhiaborsaid the police on visibility and patrol duty stopped accused who were on a motorcycle, and when a search was carried out on them,a lady’s purse containing ATC mobile phone, Realme (MI) mobile and GH¢20 cash was found.

The prosecution said a pair of scissors was also retrieved from Zakaria, and when accused were asked to unlock the phones in their possession, they could not do so. 

Chief Insp Ahiabor said when Abayetamade a call on her phone, the policeman investigating the case answered, and invited her to the Nima Police Station to assist in investigations. 

The prosecution said Abayeta identified accused as culprits, who robbed her of mobile phone and that Mohammed threatened her with a pair of scissors, snatched her phone and bolted. 

Chief Insp Ahiabor said Vikash Jungiralso identified Mohammed as the one who stabbed his hand with a pair of scissors after he (Mohammed) had ordered him to surrender his phone and he (victim) refused. 

The prosecution said accused took advantage of the December 31, Watch Night activities and robbed their victims and during investigations, accused admitted the offence in their caution statement. -GNA

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