2 grabbed for allegedly robbing UG foreign student
An Accra Circuit Court remanded two driving friends who are accused of robbing a University of Ghana, Legon student of her GH3,000 cell phone into police prison.
Joseph Sam, 19, and Emmanuel Baidoo, alias Babana, 20, are accused of conspiring to commit robbery.
Before the court, which was presided over by Mr. Samuel Bright Acquah, they entered a not-guilty plea.
The accused are anticipated to make a second appearance on November 22, 2022.
While the Police detained a wanted accomplice, Inspector Daniel Danku asked the court to remand the accused individuals for additional inquiries into the case.
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Georgina Lala Lala Ehemb, the complainant, is a Senegalese national and a student at the University of Ghana, Legon, Inspector Danku informed the court.
According to the prosecution, the defendants are residents of Bubuashie and Kaneshie, respectively.
The complainant was scheduled to deliver a package of kinky hair to her aunt at P2 Garden in Osu, Accra, on November 2, 2022.
Around 6:30 p.m., the two accused individuals and third who is still at large emerged from their hiding place and unexpectedly attacked the complainant as she arrived to the LMI Holding Head Office in North Ridge, Accra.
The complainant was allegedly attacked by one of the robbers who smashed a bottle, stabbed her behind the left ear, and then dragged the blade across her chest, injuring her on both sides of her body, before successfully taking her Xioami MI 10T pro mobile phone, which was worth GHC3,000.00, and running away.
According to the prosecutor, the complainant raised an alert while bleeding heavily from the injuries the alleged thieves had inflicted on her.
When the complainant raised the alarm, two police officers, General Corporal Bruce James Augustus Morton and General Constable John Sasu Adjei, who were assigned to visibility duties at Sankara Circle, a short distance from the crime scene, quickly rode a police motorcycle to the location.
The prosecutor claims that the two accused individuals fled when they noticed the police officers. But in front of the Canadian Embassy, the police officers pursued and detained Baidoo.
According to the prosecution, the second accused, Joseph Sam, ran behind the Canadian Embassy’s security post, threw the complainant’s cellphone away, and then took off. However, witnesses followed him and detained him at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation bus stop as he headed towards Nima.
A few minutes later, the accused were brought to the police station where a formal report was made by a patrol squad from the Cantonments Police station.
According to the prosecution, the complainant was given a medical paperwork by the police to request treatment.
Later, once the suspects had been led to the crime scene, a police search of the area surrounding the Canadian Embassy resulted in the recovery of the Xiaomi Mi 10T pro mobile phone.