Two students of Accra Academy Senior High School who allegedly robbed a boutique at Dworwulu at gun point and made away with several items and cash totaling GHC1,130 on Monday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
The students, Adusu Benjamin 19, and Obeng Francis Akoi 18, have been charged with conspiracy and robbery.
They have pleaded not guilty and the court presided over by Mr Eric Kyei-Baffour, remanded them into police custody to re-appear on December 28. Two of their accomplices, Richard Anane and Briamah Mohammed, are on the run.
Ruling on their bail application the court said the accused persons were young noted that the charges presented by the Police supported the facts. It said the charges preferred against them fell under those charges that bail cannot be granted.
However, it ordered the Police investigator in the matter to liaise with the authorities of Accra Academy Senior High School to ensure that the two other accomplices on the run were apprehended.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kofi Blagodzi, proseucitng objected to bail saying the case was still under investigations.
He said the Police was making frantic efforts to arrest the two accomplices, therefore, if the accused were granted bail they might interfere with police investigations.
Counsels for the accused persons, Mr Kofi Frimpong Manso and Mr Alexander Agyei prayed for bail saying the master minds of the said robbery were those on the run.
Considering their ages, counsels said they were young and were residing with their parents who would bring them to court when they were needed.
DSP Blagodzi said the complainant is Mr Patrick Afful, a shop attendant at “Papish Couture” boutique at Dworwulu, and on December 8, at about 1300 hours, accused persons and their accomplices now at large visited the boutique to purchase items. He said after ascertaining prices of the items displayed, the accused persons left the boutique.
DSP Blagodzi said one-and-a-half hours later, the accused persons, who had their bags behind them, returned to the boutique and asked for prices of items again.
He said in the process, two of the accused persons lured the complainant into a cubicle and tied him with a rope after threatening him with two cutlasses and a gun.
The accused persons then locked the complainant in the toilet and made away with 14 pairs of shoes, 17 T- Shirts, a pair of jeans, three belts, seven spectacles, three beach sandals, three ladies wear, 13 shirts and quantity of jewelries all valued at GHC13, 830 and cash of GHC1,130 cedis.
The prosecutor said luck however, run out on them when the complainant managed to untie himself and shouted for help, and a taxi being used by the accused persons was stopped by residents and with the assistance of a policeman on duty, arrested Adusu and Akoi but Anane and Mohammed escaped.
Adusu and Akoi were handed over to the Police Patrol Team who in turn handed them over to the Police at Kotobabi in Accra.
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