Soldier Caged For Robbery

An unemployed young man has appeared before an Accra circuit court for allegedly robbing a Senior High School leaver.

The accused, Ofori Danso Crossby and two others – L/CPL Michael Tetteh and Constable Asamoah aka Policeman – currently at large, purportedly conspired and through threats and force, robbed one Philip Afiriyie Otchere of his flat screen plasma TV, an iPhone 6 mobile phone and GH¢3,000 cash.

The accused, who is also known as soldier man, is standing trial for using military accoutrements without authority, contrary to Section1 of NLCD 177 of 1967.

‘Soldier man’ has been slapped with an additional charge of possessing quantities of dry leaves suspected to be narcotic substance at Walantu in Accra on November 13, 2015.

Appearing before a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh, Ofori Danso Crossby denied the charges and was remanded into police custody until December 7, 2015.

The facts of the case as presented by ASP Stephen Adjei are that at about 3pm on October 1, the complainant, having withdrawn some money at the Batsona Branch of the HFC Bank, hired a taxi to pick his flat screen Samsung plasma TV home but on the way another taxi crossed them.

ASP Adjei said Danso, who was dressed in a military uniform and another dressed in police uniform, accosted Philip (the victim/complainant) and warned that he was under arrest as a cyber fraudster, adding that the accused pulled the complainant out of the car together with his TV and drove off.

The police officer stated that the accused persons caused their driver to take them round the place till about 8pm when they stole the aforementioned items from Philip.

The court further heard that the accused persons gave Philip GH¢100 out of the GH¢3,000 and abandoned him at a quiet place at Cantonments.

ASP Adjei said Philip lodged a complaint at the CID headquarters and on November 13, the iPhone was tracked by detectives to one Nicholas, leading to the arrest of Danso.

According to the prosecutor, the said Nicholas said Danso gave him the phone for temporary use.

The police officer said upon a search in the room of Danso, assorted police uniforms and handcuffs case containing dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp wrapped in a polythene material were found.

He admitted the offence and mentioned the two cops as his accomplices, according to the prosecutor.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson 

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