Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Source: GNA

Ex-convict ordered to produce brassier in court

An Accra circuit court on Wednesday ordered the police to lead Ishmael Clottey, a driver standing trial for robbery, to retrieve a brassier he had kept to be presented to the court as evidence.

The court’s order came when Clottey, an ex-convict, had told the court that he did not rob Casley Hayford and Thelma Alija of their two mobile phones, an Iphone and a cash of GHc 20.00.

According to Clottey, he only went and met the two complainants having sex in one of the classrooms at the Gbawe cluster of schools and when he decided to raise the alarm, they decided to give him the phones and money.

Clottey said he, therefore, took Alija’s brassier to serve as evidence against her should anything happen.

The court, presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, therefore, ordered the police to retrieve the brassier and enter a plea of not guilty for Clottey who had earlier pleaded guilty.

Clottey, who is being held on the charges of conspiracy and robbery, was remanded into police custody to reappear on January 16. His accomplice, known as Ibrahim, is said to be at large.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) P. A. Morkeh, told the court that Mr Hayford, a student, and Clottey all reside at Gbawe in Accra.

On December 17 last year, at about 20:45 hours, the complainant and his girlfriend went for a walk and decided to relax at the Gbawe cluster of schools.

Prosecution said Clottey and his accomplice Ibrahim attacked the complainants with a cutlass and bolted with their two phones and GHc 20.00.

DSP Morkeh said on December 24, 2012, Mr Hayford was on his way home when he spotted Clottey; and that with the help of other witnesses, they arrested Clottey and handed him over to the police at Gbawe.