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A circuit court in Accra has remanded two men into police custody for allegedly robbing an amount of two hundred thousand cedis (Ghc 200,000.00) from a Chinese national.

The two accused persons, 31-year-old Richard Kwame Tuffour and 34-year-old Emmanuel Dabankah, have both been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.

They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the facts of the case as narrated by DSP Emmanuel Nyamekye in the court presided over by His Honour Oheneba Kuffour, the first accused, Richard Kwame Tuffour, is a driver, and the second accused, Emmanuel Dabankah, is a welder. They are both employees of a Chinese quarry company known as Haoxin Quarry Limited, located at Gomoa Kweikrom near Postin.

According to the prosecution, on January 8, 2024, at 9 a.m., the first accused (Richard Kwame Tuffour) drove his manager, Quan Xin Jie and Fan Fian Quiang both Chinese nationals, to Winneba to pay the electricity bill of the quarry company.

However, the manager was unable to pay the bill because it was a public holiday. The facts said the first accused, Richard Kwame Tuffour who realised his manager’s intention to return to Winneba to do the payment the following day, conceived the idea to rob the company of the money meant for the electricity bill.

Richard Kwame Tuffour called the second accused, Emmanuel Dabankah, and discussed his robbery plans with him.
Emmanuel agreed with Richard to carry out the plan on January 9, 2024. The prosecution said Richard intended to use his part of the money to establish his own welding shop after a successful operation.

Both accused persons contacted one Bright Osei to help execute their plan. Bright Osei, a labourer at Las Vegas Real Estate at Kasoa Buduburam, who is the first prosecution witness in this case, relayed the information for the arrest of the accused persons.

The prosecution said on January 9, 2024, at about 8:00 a.m., the first accused and his boss left the quarry site for Winneba to pay the bill.

On their way, the second accused, Emmanuel Dabankah, intercepted them on a section of the road by pelting a stone at the vehicle and causing damage to the windshield.

Richard then drove into a ditch, stopped, and opened the trunk of the vehicle. The second accused gained access to the car, took the money, and bolted into the bush. Bright Osei, who had liaised with the police to lay an ambush, raised alarm, and subsequently the first accused (Richard Kwame Tuffour) was arrested.

Police retrieved an amount of One Hundred and Forty Thousand cedis (Ghc 140,000.00) from Emmanuel Dabankah (second accused) at Akoti Junction upon his arrest but the Chinese indicated that the amount was Two Hundred Thousand cedis (Ghc 200.000).

The case has been adjourned to February 7, 2024.

Source: Philipa Atanga/Court Reporter/Despite Media



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