Korle Bu Robber Trial Begins

An Accra Circuit Court has set February 19 to commence the hearing of the case involving Emmanuel Aryee, the robber/rapist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra whose attempt to rape his victim compelled her to jump from the top floor of a two-storey hostel facility.

The accused, also known as Kahn, was infuriated by the failure of the victim to give the GH¢ 1,500 he had demanded and attempted raping the final year medical student.

It is the case of the prosecution lead by Inspector Martin Acheampong that Kahn, welder at Korle Bu, also robbed Ruth Naa Dedey Aryeetey of her Toshiba laptop computer and Samsung mobile phone.

When the case came up for hearing yesterday, counsel for the accused, George Asamaney, said he was yet to have conference with his client for the trial to begin.

Inspector Acheampong said the prosecution had no problem with the request of the counsel for the accused.

The judge, Francis Obiri, accordingly adjourned the case to February 19, 2015 for the trial to begin.

The facts of the case as presented by the prosecution are that the complainant is a final year student of the Ghana Medical School, University of Ghana, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, while the accused is a welder specialised in straightening, a resident of Mamprobi.

Inspector Acheampong said on January, 29 this year at about 6:25pm, Naa Dedey spotted the accused on her corridor about 20 metres away from her room holding a folded polythene bag .

He said as soon as the complainant entered her room, Kahn quickly followed her into her room, locked the door and pulled out a kitchen knife from the polythene bag he was holding and warned her not to scream else he would hurt her.

Prosecution indicated that Kahn then demanded GH¢ 1,500 from Naa Dedey who could not provide it, adding, ‘this infuriated the accused who ordered the complainant to lie on her bed, which she obliged.’

Inspector Acheampong noted that Kahn then lay on Naa Dedey as he tried to pull his shorts down in an attempt to rape her, adding that Naa Dedey however pleaded with Kahn to turn off her stove at the balcony where she was cooking since the food might burn. According to prosecution, the complainant then asked Kahn to hold her hands so that she would say a prayer with him, adding that in the course of the prayer Naa Dedey freed her hands from Kahn’s and ran through the door to the balcony where she jumped from the second floor and fell on the ground.

Inspector Acheampong said the complainant crawled to the main entrance where she raised an alarm and Kahn was arrested with the aforementioned items.

He said Naa Dedey who sustained injuries was rushed to the Korle Bu Hospital where she was admitted. Kahn has since admitted the offence in his caution statement.

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By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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