Taxi Driver escapes jail terms for robbery

Taxi Driver escapes jail terms for robbery

Jurors took just over seven hours to return the guilty verdicts on the 64-year-old man. Stock Picture

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A Taxi Driver has been acquitted and discharged by a Circuit Court in Accra for attempting to commit crime to wit, robbery.

The Accused pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him by the Police in his preliminary statement before the court.

In his evidence-in-chief, the Accused, Samuel Boateng said that he didn’t attempt to rob the Complainant but rather approached him (Complainant) to ask for some coins (money) to buy water whilst he was jogging around 4:00am at Swan Lake in Accra.

The court, presided over by His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh asserted that the Prosecution was not able to adduce sufficient evidence against the Accused that he committed the offence, adding that the Complainant in the case also failed to appear before court to testify.

His Honour therefore freed the Accused after full trial of the case.

Background to the Case

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Tuaruka Duuti said that the Complainant, Mahammed Mutawakilo works at Enviroplast whilst the Convict, Samuel Boateng is a taxi driver.

The Prosecutor also informed the court that on the 20th of September, 2015, at about 4:00am, the Complainant was at a bus stop at Sawn Lake, a suburb of Accra, awaiting a bus to board to home after he had closed from work.

He added that that the Convict who was standing at the other side of the road commanded the Complainant to come over but he did not oblige, adding that the Convict then walked to the Complainant and pulled out a screwdriver from his pocket on him (Complainant).

Chief Superintendent Duuti also narrated that the Complainant raised an alarm and the people around came to his aid and arrested the Convict, called on the patrol team which went to his rescue. The Police further stated that after investigation into the case, the Convict was charged with the offence of attempting to commit crime to wit, robbery.