Taxi driver remanded for committing crime

By Hafsa Obeng, GNA

Accra, Sept. 2, GNA
– A Taxi Driver, Daniel Quaye, was on Thursday arraigned for attempting to
commit crime, to wit robbery.

Daniel attempted to
rob the complainant of his Taxi, on August 21, at the Korle Nurses Training
school area.

He pleaded not
guilty to the charge but was remanded by the court to reappear on September 15,
for trial.

Police Chief
Inspector, Kwabena Adu, the Prosecutor told the court that the complainant is
Taxi Driver and lives at Tema Community 1, while the accused person also claims
to be a taxi driver and resides at Dansoman.

He said on August
21, at about 1200 hours the complainant’s brother, who is the driver of a
Toyota Corolla Taxi, gave the car to the complainant to drive as spare.

He said at 1630
hours on the same day, while the complainant was driving around community 10,
Junction, the accused person stopped him, to take him to Korle Bu and he
charged him GH₵ 50.00.

The prosecution
said upon reaching Tema Station, in Accra, the accused asked the complainant to
stop for him to attend to natures call at a public toilet which he obliged.

Daniel spent about
one and half hours in the toilet before he came back and told the complainant
to continue with the journey.

Police Chief
Inspector Adu told the court that when they got to Korle Bu, Daniel asked the
complainant to drive him to the Nurses Training School area for him to meet his
master and collect money to pay the fare.

He said the
complainant noticed that the road was blocked, but Daniel still directed him to
turn left, but he slowed down because the road was bad, then immediately the
accused person opened a polythene bag he was holding and picked an enamel
syringe containing acid and sprayed on the complainant.

The complainant
stopped and got out of the car took to his heel and shouted for help, but
Daniel also got out of the car, chased the complainant with a wood also
shouting for help.

Prosecution said
the scene attracted residents in the area and both the complainant and accused
person were arrested. When questioned, Daniel claimed that the taxi belonged to
him and accused the complainant of being an armed robber.

The complainant also
told them that, the said taxi was given to him as spare by his brother and
showed his driver’s license in the car to them.

Police Chief
Inspector Adu said Daniel was handed over to the Korle Bu police after which it
was transferred to the Regional CID for further investigations.

He said during
interrogation, Daniel initially denied the offence but later admitted the
offence in his investigation caution statement and further stated that, his
intention was to snatch the taxi from the complainant but did not succeeded.

He also admitted
ownership of the polythene bag he was carrying containing a rope, knife, a
piece of wood, enamel syringe, containing acid and two plastic bottles
containing a liquid suspected to be acid, were items he decided to use in his
robbery expedition.

GNA

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