Crime & Punishment of Friday, 7 February 2014
The Koforidua circuit court yesterday heard a chilling story of how two men said to be members of a gang of robbers that have been terrorising doctors of the Koforidua Medical Village, locked up some of the doctors in their rooms and raped their female guests.
The two - Samuel Kwame Akwetey (alias Agbeko) and Isaac Agomor - after satisfying themselves, called Gideon Boateng, one of their accomplices, who came in his vehicle and carted away a number of stolen items belonging to the doctors.
The other members of the gang said to be responsible for a spate of armed robberies in other parts of the New Juaben Municipality are Godwin Ametorwu, Charles Awuku and Muhamed Zibo who, together with Boateng, were said to be accomplices.
The six have been charged with conspiracy, rape and armed robbery, and dishonestly receiving; they made their maiden appearance in court a couple of days ago, but have again been remanded in custody to re-appear on February 17.
Another person alleged to be a member of the gang, Harrison Ofori, is currently on the run.
The adjournment is to enable the police ample time to complete their investigations. The prosecutor, Mrs Emily Addo Okyireh, a Chief State Attorney, pleaded with the court to give the police a few days to complete their investigations.
Presenting what she referred to as a brief fact of the case, Mrs Addo Okyireh told the crowded court presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Osei that, on December 22, 2012 at about 1.30 a.m. while the doctors were asleep, Akwetey, Agomor (alias Baba), Ametorwu and Harrison, armed with a pistol and machetes, broke through the windows and attacked the doctors.
She said they locked up the doctors in different rooms after which Akwetey and Agomor raped their female guests.
Mrs Addo Okyireh stated that the robbers then called Gideon Boateng, who came in his Toyota Corolla saloon car, with registration number GE 2882- 12, to cart away the booty made up of various items and cash.
She further told the court that on January 23, this year (2014), a good Samaritan spotted Akwetey in the business area of Koforidua and caused his arrest.
Akwetey, the prosecutor stated, during police interrogation, mentioned Agomor, Ametorwu and Harrison as other accomplices, as well as Awuku and Zibo who, he said, received the stolen items.
Mrs Addo Okyireh said a number of items such as a pistol belonging to one of the doctors, laptops, a DSTV decoder, 21 wax prints, which had been identified by some of their victims as theirs, had been retrieved from the gang.
A car jack, two machetes and an industrial cutter suspected to have been used by the robbers in their operations have also been retrieved.