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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Source: GNA

Court fixes judgement in police robbery case on November 17

Accra, Oct. 6, GNA - An Accra Circuit has fixed Tuesday, November 17, for judgement in the case in which six policemen and five others are standing trial for allegedly robbing Mr Kwaku Duah, a Ghanaian businessman of 53,000 dollars at a hotel in Dzorwulu, a suburb of Accra. Mr Justice Iddrisu Mahamadu, the Presiding Judge said the adjournment was to allow enough time to prepare the judgment. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick Kwapong together with Chief Inspector Thomas Adu, Sergeant John Adjapong, Corporal Lawrence Dennis Quansah, Lance Corporal Karim Muntari and Constable Benjamin Blejumah are being held on charges of conspiracy. The rest are Aams Amanor, Kwasi Tawiah, Peter Kwame Gyasi aka Kwame Tawiah and Bismark Ampofo.

Apart from DSP Kwapong, the rest are facing additional charge of robbery. They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges. However Constable Ken Duodu Acheampong, one Jeffery aka Kay and three others are on the run. The facts are that Aams Amanor is known to the complainant, Mr Duah in Switzerland. Sometime, last year, Mr Duah discussed with Amanor to return to Ghana to purchase gold and Amanor assured the complainant of his assistance. Consequently, the complainant arrived in Ghana on February 1, and checked in at Relax Court Hotel at Dzorwulu in Accra and got in touch with Amanor who informed him about the dealers in the gold. The following day, at about 1000 hours, Amanor and Jeffery, now at large, armed with a pistol, Gyasi, and a Nigerian also at large, went to the room of the complainant under the pretext of transacting the gold business between the complainant and Jeffery. Before the meeting, Jeffery and the Nigerian had arranged with Amanor, who had instructed Chief Inspector Adu, Sergeant Adjapong, Corporal Quansah and a soldier, who is also at large, to the hotel. When they reached there they met Lance Corporal Muntari, Constables Acheampong and Blejumah.

They broke into the complainant's room where Jeffery pulled a pistol and beat the complainant until he bled from the nose. They also searched the room and took two envelopes containing 53,000 dollars, 800 Euros, GH¢2,000 from the complainant's pocket. In addition, they took away a black bag containing two walkman CD players, a digital camera valued at 4,000 dollars; two bunches of keys and a Standard Chartered Bank cheque book. They arrested the complainant and later abandoned him at Tema after which he reported the matter to the police; the accused persons were arrested and after investigations charged with the offence.