The accused persons, Samuel Debrah, 22, and Christopher Kwoffie, 24, pleaded not guilty to robbery and would re-appear before the Court on January 14.

The Law Court
The Law Court

Prosecuting Police Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the Court that the complainants, Lu Jianking, and Qim Zhonguan, were Chinese brothers who worked with Lui Gong Ghana Limited.

They resided in the same vicinity with Kwame Atobrah, now deceased at Asikafoamentem, near Himan in the Prestea Huni/Valley District in the Western Region.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said on December 17, 2014, at about 22 hours, Jianking and Zhonguan, as well as the deceased, were playing cards in their hall when the lights suddenly went off, but they realised that all their neighbours had lights.

He said with this, the two Chinese brothers came out to ascertain the cause of the power outage and realized that the main switch outside had been turned off, and seeing this, Zhonguan turned it on.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said when the lights were restored they saw the accused, Debrah, wearing a black mask and dressed in military uniform, accompanied by six others carrying heavy weapons.

He said the robbers opened fire on the Chinese who rushed in and returned fire, however, Atobrah, who was with the Chinese at the hall was hit by a bullet and died instantly.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said the robbers escaped and the Chinese lodged a report with the police who eventually arrested Debrah on September 26, 2014, at his hide out.

The second accused, Kwoffie was later arrested on October 28, 2014, on the Prestea cemetery road, and a search conducted in his house retrieved one “BB” cartridge, a cutlass, a hammer, motor chain, two knives, a wire mesh cane, a talisman and three sets of imitated military uniforms.

GNA

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