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Regional News of Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Bullion van ‘police robbers’ case adjourned to September 20

An Accra District Court has adjourned the case involving the three police officers alleged to have connived to rob an Nkawkaw GCB bullion van, leading to the death of the van driver.

The three have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, and murder. The prosecutors told the Magistrate, Stephen Yeboah, that they were still gathering evidence to prove the charges brought against them.

Present in court, were two of the three accused persons. The magistrate has subsequently adjourned the case to the 20th of September.

Background

The attempted robbery by the three, led to the death of the driver, David Kofi Sarpong, aged 52, after a heated exchange of gunfire between the police officer in the van and the suspects.

Two of them were arrested following the incident, but they subsequently escaped.

The escape of the two led to clashes between the police and angry residents in the Afram Plains district, who alleged that the Police allowed the suspects to escape.

Afram Plain protests

The initial escape led to protests in Donkorkrom, Maame Krobo and Tease with the protesters vandalizing the police station and some properties.
Police in the areas fled their post following demonstrations. The IGP announced a withdrawal of police personnel from the areas, until the residents helped to fix the vandalized stations.

Police may rescind decision to leave Donkorkrom if… – IGP

Meanwhile, the Inspector General Police (IGP), John Kudalor, has indicated the administration may review its decision to withdraw personnel from Donkorkrom and its surrounding communities, after a security assessment on Monday.