Judge’s attackers remanded in custody
Facts of the Case
The prosecutor, ASP George Anergo, told the court that on June 7, 2013 the five accused persons and three other accomplices, now on the run, met at Asare’s drinking bar at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and agreed to go and rob certain residential households at Tema Community 12.
None of them was aware that the premises were under armed police guard in the night.
The gang of eight armed themselves with four assorted pistols, an insulated cutter and a machete, all packed in a bag, and travelled to Tema on board two taxi- cabs.
The prosecutor said when the gang reached the houses, the armed police guard on duty there had deserted his post, enabling the accused persons and the three other gang members to move into one of the target residents, being that of the complainant.
They daringly cut open the wire gauze, scaled over the wall and attacked the watchman, tied and injured him to silence him from being an impediment to their mission.
Kumi was made to guard the watchman, with Lavison keeping sentry, while the remaining gang members ransacked the rooms that they managed to break into and stole the ignition keys to two cars, a laptop, two mobile phones, a number of pieces of Kente and other cloths, a wallet containing an unspecified sum and an Identity card belonging to the complainant’s son.
The gang compelled the house help to lead them to the master bedroom, where the complainant and his son had hidden, waiting for a response to distress phone calls he had succeeded in making to the police for security aid.
The robbers anxiously tried to destroy the door to the master bedroom with their machete to enable them to gain access to the room.
While thay were at it, Kumi alerted them to the arrival of the police. They, therefore, discontinued with the mission and fled a few minutes before the police patrol arrived on the scene.
The accused persons, who were later arrested in connection with another robbery, confessed their involvement in the robbery at Mr Justice Dzamefe’s house.
Asare, Kumi and Lavison were subsequently identified by the complainant.
Asare disclosed that his share of the money was GHc1,500 plus $3,500, and an additional GH¢300, being part payment of the GH¢2,000 from their booty.
The gang maintained that the ignition keys to the cars were thrown away by Awitor.
By Michael Donkor/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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