Solomon Ohene, a 21-year-old motorcycle taxi (Okada) driver, is facing allegations of using a dangerous weapon to commit robbery against five women consecutively in Ablekuma, Pokuase, and Amasaman, located in the Greater Accra Region.
The case was brought before the Accra Circuit Court, where Judge Samuel Bright Acquah presided.
The accused entered a plea of not guilty to four charges of robbery and was subsequently remanded into police custody. The next court appearance is scheduled for May 30, 2023.
According to ASP Maxwell Oppong, the prosecuting officer, the court was informed of the following details: the complainants in the case were Dorcas Boatemaa, Sarah Yeboah, Beatrice Dery, Bernice Nimako, and Faustina Asantewaa Arthur. They are residents of Ablekuma, Pokuase, and Amasaman.
The accused, Solomon, worked as a commercial motorbike rider and resided at ‘3’ Junction in Amasaman. On the evening of Sunday, December 18, 2022, Solomon met with his accomplice, Edmund Kojo (who has since passed away), at the washing bay located at ‘3’ Junction, where Solomon lived with his uncle. It was during this meeting that they devised a plan to carry out a robbery.
The plan was for the robbery to take place the following day at 3:00 am. As planned, on Monday, December 19, 2022, the deceased accomplice arrived at the designated location with an unregistered Royal motorbike, and they embarked on their intended robbery expedition.
At around 4:30 am, as the duo reached Ablekuma Fan Milk, they noticed Dorcas standing by the roadside. They swiftly stopped their motorbike and approached her, brandishing cutlasses and threatening her life unless she handed over her handbag.
Fearing for her safety, Dorcas complied and surrendered her handbag, which contained an iPhone 6x Plus, cash totaling GH¢300.00, and her identification cards. The alleged criminals quickly fled the scene on their motorbike.
Approximately 15 minutes later, at around 4:45 am, using the same method, they targeted Sarah at Ablekuma junction. They assaulted her, inflicting cutlass wounds on her left arm, and successfully robbed her of her handbag. The stolen bag contained a small Nokia phone and GH¢30.00 in cash.
In addition, they targeted Beatrice at Pokuase Mayeraat. Using threats of violence, they coerced her into surrendering her bag, which contained Christmas vouchers, personal belongings, and her Samsung Galaxy A12.
Continuing their spree, the alleged robbers proceeded to Sonitra in Amasaman around 5:40 am. There, they robbed Bernice of her handbag, which held a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and GH¢42.00 in cash.
Just a mere 100 meters away from Bernice, they targeted another woman named Faustina. They successfully robbed her of a small keypad phone and GH¢500.00 in cash.
Multiple distress calls prompted the police to take action, tracing and pursuing the accused and his accomplice. Realizing the proximity of the police, the two suspects abandoned their motorbike and attempted to escape on foot. However, luck was not on their side as they were chased and attacked by a mob.
While the police managed to rescue them, Edmund Kojo sadly passed away shortly after. During the subsequent investigation, Solomon confessed to the crimes.
Consequently, he was charged according to the offenses outlined in the charge sheet and brought before the court.