A second prosecution witness in the trial of two young persons charged with attempted robbery at Ashaley Botwe in Accra has said that one of the accused persons’ singlet was stained with the blood of the complainant.
According to the witness, Gershon Honyefia, a carpenter, the first accused person, Salif Abubakr, a beautician who is being tried with one Yusif Eliasu, a student of Radford University, went into the room of Socrates Theodore Atieku and returned with bloodstains on his singlet.
Charged with conspiracy to rob and attempted robbery, Salif is also in the dock for allegedly causing harm to the complainant on December 15, 2015 at Sahara-Ashaley Botwe, a suburb of Accra.
Led in evidence by Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka in a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, the witness said Salif, who knocked on the main gate of the house, when let in, went straight into the room of the complainant.
The witness stated that minutes later he saw Salif leaving the complainant’s room with his singlet stained with blood.
He said prompted by the bloodstains on the singlet of the accused, the co-tenants of Atieku starting shouting that Salif had killed Atieku.
The witness said as a result, he stopped what he was doing and chased Salif amidst shouts of thief, thief, adding that the accused jumped into the adjoining house into the main street, where he was arrested with the help of a mob which had gathered at the scene.
Salif was sent to the house of the complainant where he was arrested by the police.
Joseph Kaponde, lawyer of the accused, cross-examining the witness, wondered if the witness heard Atieku shouting for help, to which he answered in the negative.
The witness said he saw Salif holding a rope when he was leaving the room of Atieku.
In answer to a question from Kaponde, the witness denied the assertion that Salif was beaten by the mob, insisting that the rope he (Salif) was holding was rather used to tie him up.
Sitting continues on February 22.
The accused persons are friends who allegedly hatched a plan to attack Atieku, lock him in a room and take money from him because Yusif claimed he was cheated in a business deal by Atieku.
On the day of the incident, Yusif, who knew the house of Atieku, took Salif there, pointed out the house to him and Salif entered.
At the hall of Atieku, Salif who had a machete in his shirt requested for water but just as the complainant was going to his kitchen for it, the accused pulled out the cutlass and inflicted a wound on his head.
Atieku struggled with Salif but he managed to escape.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson