Five suspected armed robbers including a teacher have been arranged before the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ for allegedly robbing Kwadwo Afari Djan, the immediate past District Chief Executive for Akuapem South in the Eastern region .
The accused persons; Donkor Roger a.k.a Teacher Kobi,( Teacher),Kofi Jonas a.k.a Odoi (fashion designer ), Prince Ogyiri popularly called Akroma (decorator ) ,Djan Boadu Benjamin and Arhin are both unemployed .
The sixth accused person identified only as Brown is at large .
The suspects have been charged with two counts; conspiracy to commit robbery and Robbery .
Presenting the facts of the case, the Prosecuting officer from the Attorney General’s Department, Kwasi Opare Wiredu ,explained to the Court that ,the immediate past District Chief Executive for Akuapem South Mr. Afari Djan is the complainant in the case whiles the accused persons are friends and residents in the same district .
He said the first accused person, teacher Kobi who teaches at a school established by the complainant got wind of a phone conversation on a financial transaction between the Complainant and another person and subsequently went to inform Prince Ogyiri,the third accused person who is his relative about the complainant’s conversation .
According to the Prosecutor, the third accused persons, then recruited the second, fourth, fifth and sixth accused persons, Kofi Jonas a.k.a Odoi , Boadu Benjamin ,Arhin and Brown respectively towards robbing the Complainant .
The six accused persons in a rehearsed fashion, attacked the residence of the Complainant and broke into his room at 2:30am with two locally manufactured single barrel short guns, one pistol, a double barrel gun and a machete .
The accused persons subjected the DCE , his wife and son to inhumane treatment during the robbery especially when the complainant was unable to release to them the huge amount anticipated to get.
According to the Prosecutor ,the accused persons became furious when the complainant failed to explained to them that he has no huge amount on him in the house ,hence the accused attempted to gun down the complainant but missed the target when the gun was fired .
The Prosecuting officer , Opare Wiredu further told the court that, after about an hour of operation in the Complaint residence,the accused persons ransacked the entire house and made away with cash sum of Ghc250 , an infinix, mobile phone valued at ghc600 , one Nokia Phone valued at ghc250 and some drinks including Black Label.
The Prosecutor said, the complainant informed the Police immediately after the accused persons had left. Police investigations led to the arrest of the accused persons, however, one is at large.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery when they appeared before court on Wednesday.
The Presiding Judge, Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei , has adjourned the case to April 25,2017, for the trial to begin.
Meanwhile, the Judge directed that one of the accused persons be provided health care after complaining of severe waist pains.