She gathered courage and pushed the Accused down and his cutlass fell’:...

She gathered courage and pushed the Accused down and his cutlass fell’: Court Remands Trader over Multiple Charges

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A Trader is facing a number of charges in an Accra Circuit Court for attacking a Woman with a cutlass, escaping from police custody, among others.

The accused, Sadat Musah, was charged with six (6) counts of attempting to commit crime to wit, robbery, carrying an offensive weapon, escaping from lawful custody, two counts of causing unlawful damage and stealing, respectively.

The accused however, denied having committed all the six offences leveled against him (he pleaded not guilty to all the charges). He was therefore remanded into police custody to reappear on the 19th of January, 2016.

The case was presided over by His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh.

Background to the Case

Earlier, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful, told the Court that the Complainant, Awulatu Osman, is unemployed and lives at Orisco, while the Accused, Sadat Musah, is a Trader and resides at B.A. Opoku in Accra.

The prosecutor also said that on the 25th of December 2015, the Complainant got up to pray at about 1:00am, and just after the prayers, the Accused, who was armed with a cutlass, caused damage to the Complainant’s trap door. He forced her door open and unlawfully entered her room.

Chief Inspector Afful further stated that when the Accused saw the Complainant, he pulled out a cutlass and used it to hit Complainant’s arms. He asked her to surrender her belongings.

The police officer added that the Accused went to the extent of threatening the Complainant that if she shouted, he would kill her.

‘Along the line, the Complainant gathered courage and pushed the Accused down upon which the Accused person’s cutlass fell. She picked it up and raised an alarm for help. The children of the Complainant who were witnesses in the case, with the assistance of their neighbours, arrested the Accused’ the prosecutor said.

Chief Inspector Afful also informed the court that during the course of arresting the Accused, the Accused sustained degrees of injuries, adding that information reached the police and the Dansoman Police Patrol Team who went to the scene and re-arrested the Accused.

The prosecutor also indicated that due to the injuries sustained by the Accused, the police sent him to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The police officer continued that on their return to the Police Station and on reaching Banana-Inn, a suburb of Dansoman, the Accused opened the door of the Taxi cab they boarded and ran away, adding that he was chased and re-arrested.

‘Further investigation revealed that on same day, the Accused broke the ventilation glass of one Richard Kwaku Mensah’s Toyota four (4) Runner private car and stole his two Car Rollers and two Side Mirrors. The Complainant went closer to the Accused and identified him as Sadat and shouted thief, but the Accused ran away, the prosecutor added.

Chief Inspector Afful also told the court that after the Accused person’s re-arrest, a Caution Statement was obtained from him and he was later charged with the six (6) offences.