6 Chinese ‘Killer’ Robbers Caged

The suspects

SIX PERSONS arrested in connection with the
robbery and killing of a Chinese at TT Quarry at Bundase near Prampram in the
Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region have been remanded by a District
Court at Prampram.

They were put before the court presided over by
John Evans Ocran and were given provisional charges of conspiracy and murder.

The pleas of the accused persons – Daniel Kodi,
40; Noah Sokpui, alias Bellboss, 29; Alhassan Issaka, alias Alazan, 20; Fuseini
Hamidu, alias Fulani, 27; Sabastian Hukportie, 28; and Jacob Anyore, aka
Taller, 32 – were not taken by the court and they were remanded in police
custody until August 27.

They stand accused of robbing and killing 70-year-old
Chinese, Yao Young Xiang.

One of the accused, Noah Sokpui hired the
services of two lawyers but in spite of their plea, the court decline bail for
him.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector John Mensah Sabbah
told the court that the police were still investing the case and needed time to
probe further. Scores of people including relatives and friends of the accused
persons thronged the court premises yesterday.

The incident, according to the Prampram
Divisional Crime Officer, Superintendent Cecilia Arko, occurred on April 1,2019
when police had information that at about 2:40 a.m. the suspected armed robbers
attacked TT Quarry Company and killed Young Xiang Yao.

Crime scene investigation led to the discovery
of two motorbikes which were abandoned in a nearby bush, she said. She said
police investigation revealed that the unregistered motorbike retrieved at the
scene was later registered as M-19-GT 1008 and the owner’s details were
identified, resulting in his arrest.

The crime officer continued that the motorbike
owner told the police that he gave the motorbike to one Noah Sokpui for
commercial purpose after being warned to stop riding. He further told police
that Noah called to inform him on the same date that the said motorbike had
been stolen, but he later gathered that Noah was still in possession of the
motorbike.

However, she said further investigation showed
that Noah and other suspects went to rob the TT Quarry site and killed the
Chinese.

Ms. Arko said the police later arrested all the
suspects from their various hideouts and were in police custody.

From Vincent Kubi, Prampram

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