One of the victims of a robbery case being heard at the Koforidua Circuit Court has narrated how one of the robbers, Samuel Kwame Akwetey, prevailed on a colleague, Isaac Agomor, not to rape his (victim’s) wife.
The victim, Mr George Obeng, said the robbers then locked them up in the washroom during which they ransacked their room and took away a number of items and cash.
He said they were rescued from the washroom at daybreak by neighbours who heard them shouting for help.
Akwetey, said to be the leader of the gang, and Agormor, together with Godwin Amertorwu, one Eshun and Harrison Ofori, now at large, are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, robbery, unlawful entry and rape.
Three other persons, Gideon Boateng, Charles Awuku and Mahmood Zibo, have been charged with abetment of crime and dishonestly receiving and are being tried by the court, presided over by Mr Ebenezer Osei Darko.
Zibo has, however, been granted a GH¢25,000 bail with two sureties.
At last Monday’s sitting, two other suspects, Kofi Adjei, who is charged with dishonestly receiving and Desmond Kwame, whose taxi was allegedly used to cart away some of the booty, appeared in court.
Mr Obeng was led in evidence by Mrs Emily Addo-Okyire, a Principal State Attorney. He told the court that at about 2:00 a.m. on December 16, 2013, while he and his wife were asleep in their house in the Kenkey Factory area, Akwetey and Agormor, who were wearing masks and armed with a pistol and a machete, broke the door and entered the bedroom.
He said after the two robbers had taken GH¢1,300 from them, Agormor decided to rape his wife, but Akwetey shouted at him and ordered him to stop since she was married.
Couple locked up
According to Mr Obeng, the robbers then locked the two of them in the washroom, ransacked their premises and took away a number of items, including two mobile phones, a Plasma television set, two Toshiba laptops, a gold watch and ornaments.
He stated that they were rescued by neighbours after they had shouted through an opening of the washroom at daybreak.
Earlier, a prosecution witness, Detective Corporal Benson Gyamfi, read the statements made to the police by Akwetey and Agormor in which they said they only raided “expensive and flashy” buildings, where they knew the occupants would at all cost be rich.
Corporal Gyamfi, who exhibited to the court a pistol, a machete and implements used by the duo to break into houses, also told the court that Akwetey and Agormor voluntarily led police investigators to the houses they ransacked and also demonstrated how they carried out their operations.