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09 September 2016

Docket on bullion van ‘police robbers’ to be ready in two weeks

dfadadfdfdfInvestigations into the case of two policemen and a driver who allegedly attempted to rob a bullion van and ended up killing the driver near Maame Krobo in the Kwahu Afram Plains South District in the Eastern Region is almost over.

The docket of the case is therefore expected to be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Department (AG) in two weeks time for advice.

The prosecutor of the case, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Abraham Annor, made this known to the Accra District Magistrate Court at Tuesday’s hearing.

According to him, a post-mortem on the deceased and the ballistic report on the gun that was used in the attack were ready.

“All the experts working on the case are almost done with their work. Everything will be ready in two weeks time and the docket of the case will be submitted for advice,’’ he said.

Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah, Lance Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwah and Hafisu Muhammad, the taxi driver, are also alleged to have injured the policeman escorting the bullion van.

The three have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, while the two policemen are separately charged with murder and attempted robbery.

Sick

At the hearing, Corporal Mensah failed to appear in court. DSP Annor explained that he was sick and therefore could not make it to court.

“He is currently sick and receiving treatment at the Police Hospital,’’ the prosecutor said.

The two other accused persons, Lance Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwa and Hafisu Muhammad were in court.

The court, presided over by Mr Stephen Owusu, adjourned the case to September 20, 2016 to allow the prosecution complete its investigations and the submission of the docket to the AG.

Another case

Apart from the case in Accra, the trio are also standing trial at the Mpraeso Circuit Court for allegedly escaping from lawful custody after they were arrested following their alleged robbery operation.

They pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and escape from lawful custody. That case continues at the court on Thursday.

Facts

The fact of the case as presented by prosecutor, DSP Annor, were that the bullion van belonging to the GCB Bank normally visited Donkokrom to supply money to the branch of the bank there.

On August 16, 2016, he said, Corporal Mensah and Lance Corporal Abrokwah, who were stationed at the GN Bank and the GCB Bank, respectively, decided to rob the van and take the money in it.

“This plan was discussed with Muhammad, a taxi driver and mechanic who is a friend of the two. Hafisu drove his taxi towards Ekye Amanfrom to monitor the arrival of the van,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, the two policemen, armed with AK 47 assault rifles, waylaid the van.

“About 20 minutes later, Hafisu signaled the policemen and, on seeing the bullion van, they opened fire, killing the driver of the van.

“A police guard on board the van got injured but he managed to return fire, compelling the two policemen to flee into the bush,” DSP Annor explained.

The prosecutor added that the two policemen called Hafisu, who picked them in a bid to escape.

“Information about the incident got to the police at Donkokrom and they mobilised men who managed to arrest the three persons,’’ he said.

 

 

 

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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