The case of three persons, including two policemen, allegedly involved in the robbery of a bullion van belonging to the GCB Bank Limited at Mame Krobo in the Eastern Region has been adjourned to January 24.

When the case was called at the District Court, General Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah and General Lance Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwa, who are now serving 36-month jail term each for escaping lawful custody, were absent.

However, their accomplice, Hafisu Mohammed, aka Danjuma, a mechanic, was present.

Mohammed, when asked about the whereabouts of his counsel, said: “My lawyer is working on my bail.”

Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsonu, who held brief, said they were still waiting for the advice from the Attorney General’s Department.

General Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah and General Lance Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwa had been sentenced to 36 months each by the Mpraeso Circuit Court.

They are said to be serving their jail term at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons for allegedly attacking the bullion van leading to the death of Daniel K. Sarpong, the driver of the bullion van.

The two officers are being held on the charges of attempted robbery, conspiracy and murder.

Mohammed has been charged with conspiracy.

The pleas of the accused persons have been reserved by the court.

The facts, as presented by prosecution earlier, indicated that the police officers were stationed at Donkorkrom.

The officers hatched a plan of robbing the bullion van and on August 16, the police officers, who were on duty at the GN Bank and GCB, discussed the robbery with Mohammed, who was a friend to the two and also a taxi driver.

The officers then armed themselves with AK 47 rifles and laid ambush at a spot between Tease and Mame Krobo at about 1030 hours on that fateful day.

Mohammed drove his taxi with registration number 1860-09 towards Ekye Amanfrom to monitor the arrival of the bullion van.

The prosecution said 20 minutes after the bullion van arrived, Mohammed signaled the police officers who then opened fire, killing the driver of the van.

Prosecution said a police officer on board the van who got injured managed to return fire compelling the two robbers to take cover in the bush.

The attackers called Mohammed who picked them with his car in their bid to escape.

The Police Command at Donkorkrom got wind of the robbery incident and mobilised men who arrested the three accused persons on board the cab.

The prosecution said two AK 47 rifles, 23 rounds of ammunitions, a cutlass, and two metal bars were retrieved from the taxi.

The deceased’s body had since been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital awaiting autopsy.

Three other occupants of the bullion van, however, escaped unhurt while the policeman on guard was treated and discharged at the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital.

Source: GNA


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