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Suspected ‘night raider’ busted


A suspected armed robber, Shaibu Rauf, who claims to be a resident of Kaneshie in Accra but frequents Kasoa daily to do menial jobs, has appeared before the Agona Swedru

Circuit Court for allegedly robbing a rice seller of her phone worth GH¢l50 and GH¢90 cash at knife-point.

Rauf, 27, pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge, and the sitting judge, Mr Nat K. Osam, remanded him in prison custody.

The prosecution had it that about half past midnight on February 19, 2010 the complainant, one Jennifer Frimpong Manso, a fried rice seller, was returning home after close of work. On reaching a spot Rauf and two others now at large attacked her at knife-point and took her phone worth GH¢150 and GH¢90 cash and then fled.

On March 2, 2010, however, Jennifer spotted Rauf in the neighbourhood at around. 2p.m. and caused his arrest. Rauf admitted the offence in his caution statement but said he and his gang committed the crime without holding a weapon.

Hardly had Rauf stepped out of the dock than he was called back to face another robbery charge. His victim this time was again a fried rice seller identified as Eunice Hloshie whose mobile phone valued at GH¢100 was snatched by Rauf at knife-point.

The presiding judge remanded Rauf in prison custody until April 27 following his plea of not guilty.

The prosecution informed the court that around midnight on February 26, 2010, Eunice was on her way back home after selling fried rice by the roadside at Kasoa. On reaching a spot Rauf commanded her to stop. He then pulled out a knife and menacingly ordered her to surrender all her money and phone on her or else he would kill her.

But Eunice replied that she had rendered account and handed over all the proceeds to her boss so she had no money left on her except her phone. And she handed her phone over to Rauf.

But Rauf, after collecting the phone, ordered Eunice to move on without looking back, else he would kill her.

And Eunice meekly obeyed that instruction, only to wake up the next day to hear that someone had been arrested in connection with the robbery on a rice seller.

She therefore rushed to the police station where she identified Rauf as the one who robbed her of her phone.

The police searched him and found a phone on him and when the police dialed the number on it the receiver turned out to be Eunice’s mother. The police therefore processed him for court.

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