The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Circuit Court has ordered a man accused of robbing an ambulance driver of his mobile phones and cash at knifepoint to be held in prison custody.
Kwaku Ofori, alias “Bonsam” pleaded not guilty to the crime and would make his next appearance on Tuesday, April 11.
Police Chief Inspector Hannah Acheampong told the court, presided over by Mrs. Mary Nsenkyire, that the incident happened on March 17 at Asuofua-Asaman, near Kumasi.
Collins Ohemeng, the victim – an ambulance driver at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, had received an emergency call to report to duty at about 0245 hours.
The prosecution said as he made his way to the lorry station to catch a commercial bus to the workplace, Ofori attacked him with a knife, ordered that he surrendered mobile phones and cash he was carrying on him.
The accused forcibly removed and fled with his two phones – iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, together with a wallet containing cash of GH50.00.
Police Chief Inspector Acheampong said while fleeing with the stolen phones and money, Ofori came face-to-face with a member of the community neighbourhood watch committee, drew his knife but was forced to drop it.
The accused, however, managed to slip through and the volunteer took the knife to the Asuofua police station to make a formal report, where the victim had also gone to make an official complaint.
The prosecution said the accused was arrested during police investigations, and the stolen wallet and iPhone retrieved from him.
In his caution statement, he confessed selling the Samsung Galaxy phone for GH130.00.