Denu cell breakers charged with stealing, causing unlawful damage to padlocks

Hundreds of residents on Wednesday besieged the Aflao Circuit Court to witness the prosecution of suspects involved in the infamous Denu cell break scandal.

Five out of seven suspects who were rearrested after they mysteriously broke cells were today paraded before court with several charges, including causing unlawful damage to three padlocks belonging to the Ghana Police Service.

Other charges include cell break, theft of guns and 50 rounds of ammunition, Joy News’ Volta Region correspondent reported.

The remaining two still at large would be tried in abstention.

The Denu cell break received national attention when the suspects escaped with two AK47 rifles and 50 rounds of ammunition.

Incidentally, the Denu cell break triggered series of other cell breaks in the country.

The circumstances under which the seven suspects broke the Denu cell are still hazy but the Volta Region police have begun investigations into the matter.

The cell break got residents of Denu angry and insecure, with some residents accusing the police of aiding the suspected criminals to escape.

The residents embarked on a demonstration torching car tyres and blocking some of the major roads in the town.

They claimed the escaped suspects may return to harm and take revenge on some of the residents who aided the police in arresting them.

The police vowed to re-arrest the suspects and after weeks of comprehensive search they succeeded in arresting five of the suspects some of whom had fled to Togo.

The suspects were said to have sold the two guns in Togo at a cost equivalent to 200.00 cedis. The police have since retrieved the guns and 13 rounds of ammunition.

Two other suspects said to be Nigerians, are yet to be found.

When the case was called, Wednesday, residents crammed into the court to have a glimpse of the suspects.

According to Ivy Setordjie the suspects had no legal representation.

The case has been adjourned to April 22, at which time the suspects may have legal representation.

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