An alleged Armed Robber has been remanded into lawful custody, by a Circuit Court in Accra for robbery.
The Accused, according to prosecution, robbed one Dickson Kwame Bosrotsi of his taxicab and some amount of money.
The Accused, Francis Kwame Dorgbefu, is therefore facing two charges, of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery respectively but he denied the offences preferred against him in his preliminary statement in court.
In his submission before court, counsel for the Accused said that this was one case of robbery that he did not understand stating that while the Accused was innocently going about his duties as a taxi driver, Complainant said he felt the Accused could be one of those who snatched his car from him.
Counsel for the Accused further stated that using the feelings of the Complainant to arrest the Accused and arraigning him before court was not fair and must not be encouraged.
The Accused person’s counsel added that the Accused had wrongfully been identified by the Complainant, describing Complainant’s identification of the Accused as a ‘terrible error’.
‘My Lord, looking at these scanty and porous police’s facts, I urge this court to admit this innocent person (Accused) to bail, considering the fact that the Accused had been in custody for two weeks.
The prosecutor, DSP Bempah, prayed the court not to admit the Accused to bail.
His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, having considered the submissions made by counsel for the Accused and the prosecution, did not grant the Accused bail but remanded him into lawful custody to reappear on Friday, the 5th of February, 2016.
Background to the Case
According to the Prosecutor, DSP Kweku Bempah, the Complainant, Dickson Kwame Bosrotsi is a Taxi Driver and lives at Ofankor, while the Accused, Francis Kwame Dorgbefu is also a Driver and resides at Tantra Hill in Accra.
The police officer said that on the 6th of January, 2016, at about 9:30pm, Accused and his accomplice, who is on the run (at large) approached the Complainant at Ofankor Barrier Taxi Rank and hired his services to Pokuase A.C.P.
Prosecution also stated that when they got to a section of the road, near a house where Accused and his accomplice claimed live, all of a sudden the Accused held the Complainant’s neck and tied him with the seat belt of the taxi, pulled a pistol (gun) on him and ordered him to surrender his money and the ignition key.
‘The Accused then ordered the Complainant to lie on the ground with the gun pointing on him, the Accused and his accomplice drove off, adding that the Complainant quickly reported the case to the Pokuase police’, the prosecutor narrated.
The police officer further explained that the Complainant came back to the Pokuase police later for an extract to enable him retrieve a new license so he could travel to the Ho Licensing Office, where he met the Accused and identified him as the one who snatched his car from him at gunpoint.
DSP Bempah also told the court that the Complainant informed the Ho Police about the robbery incident and the Accused was subsequently arrested. In his caution statement, the Accused denied the offences leveled against him but was however, charged with the offences of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery, respectively, hence presented before court.