Two suspects, a student identified as Felix Tubiga and a mason Eric Appiah and a mason Eric Appiah have been aligned before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly robbing a couple of $10,000, GH¢3,000.00, and a vehicle among other things.
The duo were also charged with conspiracy to rob and robbery and had allegedly shot an ex-soldier and a neighbour who came to the aid of the couple. But they pleaded not guilty.
Ms Eva Bannerman-Williams who presided over the case denied them bail and remanded them in police custody to reappear on October 19.
Meanwhile, the Defence Counsel for Tubiga pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail since he had spent more than a month in prison and, as a student, he would be writing an examination very soon.
The Counsel added that they were ready to produce the suspect’s Student Identity Card from a Computer Training Institute at East Legon and if granted bail, would not abscond as he has people to stand surety.
In the case of Appiah, Defence Counsel said he was innocent and regretted that the complainants in the matter only pointed him out when he accompanied Tubiga’s mother to court.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Victor Dosoo, opposed to granting the bail, adding that if Tubiga was a student he should present his timetable to the Police for due assistance.
The crime case as narrated by Chief Inspector Dosoo, was that couple, Antwi Bosiako Ofori, an Accountant and Grace Ofori, a Marketing Executive residing at Frafraha in Accra were robbed in their home at early hours of the morning on August 5 while they were still sleeping.
According to Chief Inspector Dosoo, Tubiga who resides at Frafraha and Appiah who lived at Abossey Okai, broke into the house with a gun and tied Mr. Ofori; took away two 55-inch Samsung television sets, 24-inch Nasco television set, two Samsung mobile phones, one Nokia phone, three wrist watches, one laptop, four tables, a CCTV camera, Toyota Camry vehicle and an amount of $10,000 and GH¢3,000.00.
The prosecutor informed that after the accused persons had left the complainant’s residence, Mr Ofori sought assistance from neighbours and one Billy Gyimah, an ex-soldier, followed him to the house to ascertain the robbery incident. He said the accused persons returned to the couples house and one of the robbers shot Mr Gyimah on the left part of his chest.
The crime was reported to the Police by the couple on August 17. The Regional Criminal Investigations Department got wind of the arrest of Tubiga by the Adenta Police and they went for him. During a search conducted in Tubiga’s room, two necklaces were found and cash in the sum of GH¢4,800.00 was also retrieved. When quizzed over the money the suspect was unable to account for it.
Chief Inspector Dosoo had on September 20, said Mr. Ofori identified Appiah when he showed up at the Circuit Court premises.