Police Cage Trader For Robbery

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded into police custody a trader who has been accused of using a cutlass to rob and cause harm to a woman at Dansoman, a suburb of Accra.

The accused person, Sadat Musah, has, however, denied all the six charges leveled against him, including escaping from lawful custody, contrary to section 226 of the criminal offences 1960, Act 29. According to him, the cutlass which was used to perpetuate the act was not his, but explained to the court that he was coming from somewhere when a group of persons attacked him with a cutlass.

He told the court during a cross examination that he did not know the complainant, Awulatu Osman, from anywhere, until the night he met her at the police station.  He, however, told the court that the complainants did not arrest him. The court, presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, therefore, adjourned the case to March 4, 2016 for further cross-examination.

Brief Facts
Complainant Awulatu Osman is unemployed and a resident of Orisco, a suburb of Dansoman, whilst the accused is living at B.A Opoku, also a suburb of Dansoman. On December 25, 2015, the complainant got up to pray at about 1:00a.m.

Just after the prayers, the accused person who was armed with a cutlass caused damage to the complainant’s trap door, forced it open, and unlawfully entered the room.

The accused person, on seeing the complainant, pulled out a cutlass, used it to hit her on both arms, and asked her to surrender her belongings. The accused person went on to threaten her that if she shouted he would kill her.

Along the line, the complainant mustered courage and pushed the accused person down and his cutlass fell.  She picked it and raised an alarm for assistance. The complainant’s children, who are witnesses in the case, with assistance from their neighbours helped them to overpower the accused person.

During the course of overpowering him, the accused person sustained various degrees of injury.

The information reached the police, and the Dansoman Police Patrol Team went to the scene and arrested the accused person.

Due to the injuries he sustained, the police sent him to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was treated and discharged.  On their return to the police station, and on reaching Banana-Inn, a suburb of Dansoman, the accused person opened the door of the taxi cab and escaped.

He was chased and re-arrested.
Further investigations revealed that on the same day, the accused person had broken the ventilation window of one Richard Kweku Mensah’s Toyota 4 Runner private car with registration number GW 7626 V, and stole his two window rollers and two side mirrors.

The complainant went close to the accused person and identified him as Sadat, and shouted thief. The accused person then took to his heels, but he was arrested. His caution statement was taken, and he was later charged with the offences and arraigned before the honorable court.

By Ethel Mensah

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