Motorcycle rider remanded for allegedly robbing 5 women

 A commercial motorcy­cle rider, has been remand­ed in police custody by the Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly robbing five women, last year.

Solomon Ohene, 21, denied robbing Dor­cas Boatemaa, Sarah Yeboah, Beatrice Dery, Bernice Nimako and Faustina Asantewaa Arthur.

Ohene would reappear in court to be presided by Mr Samuel Bright, on May 30, 2023. Meanwhile, his accomplice, Edmund Kojo is deceased.

The accused supposedly together with his accomplice inflicted cutlass wounds on their victims and robbed them of their handbags, containing monies and cellular phones.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong said the complainants were Dorcas, trader, Sarah, trader, Be­atrice; salesperson, Bernice, student, and Faustina, businesswoman.

He said the complain­ants are residents of Ablekuma, Pokuase and Amasaman, all suburbs of the Greater Accra Region, whereas Ohene lives at Three Junction, at Amasaman.

The prosecution said in December 18, 2022, accused met his accomplice, Edmund Kojo (now deceased) at a washing bay at ‘3’ junction, where accused lived with his uncle.

ASP Oppong said accused and his accomplice boarded an unregistered Royal motorcycle and set off for robbery.

The court heard that upon reaching Able­kuma Fanmilk, accused and his accomplice spotted Boatemaa by the roadside and at­tacked her with cutlasses.

ASP Oppong said the accused and his accomplice threatened to kill their victim if she did not hand over her handbag.

The court head that Boatemaa handed her handbag contain­ing iPhone 6x plus, GH¢300 and her identifi­cation cards, to her attackers.

ASP Oppong and the accomplice sped off on the motorcycle and also attacked Sarah with a cutlass, inflicted wound on her and robbed her of her handbag, containing a Nokia Phone and GH¢30, at Ablekuma Junction.

The prosecution said the two also at­tacked Beatrice at Electricals Junction, and Ohene threatened to kill her if she did not surrender her bag.

ASP Oppong said Sarah surrendered her bag containing shopping vouchers, other personal effects and Samsung Galaxy A12 phone.

The prosecution said Ohene and Kojo proceeded to Sonitra at Amasaman and robbed Bernice of her handbag containing Samsung Galaxy Tablet valued at GH¢1,600, and GH¢42 cash.

ASP Oppong said accused and his accomplice allegedly attacked Asantewaa, threatened to kill her and robbed her of her keypad phone and GH¢500 cash.

The prosecution said the police received a distress calls, traced and chased the accused and his accomplice.

ASP Oppong said when the police was closing up on accused and his accomplice, they abandoned the motorcycle and fled, but luck eluded them when they were

 chased and attacked by a mob.

The court heard that the two were res­cued by the police, but Edmund Kojo died shortly.

ASP Oppong said the accused admitted the offences.

Meanwhile, Mr Ameyaw Nyamekye, defence counsel for Ohene, in praying for bail, said the accused did not admit to the crime on his arrest.

The lawyer said his client had been incar­cerated for six months, which was unlawful.

Mr Nyamekye said that Ohene was discharged by a Circuit Court for want of prosecution after he had been arraigned, only for the police to re-arrest him.

ASP Oppong debunked the assertion that Ohene had been incarcerated unlawfully.

The prosecution explained that accused had six different cases pending in other courts, and that it was the court that had remanded him in custody. —GNA

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