Car ‘Boot’ Robbers Nabbed

Two Robbers who decided to change the con­ventional way of robbing by hiding in the boots of cars to attack their victims have been remanded into police custody by an Accra Circuit Court. The accused persons— Victor Kwadwo Sablah, 31 and Dodzie Agbanyo, 30, both cab drivers—are fac­ing two counts of conspira­cy and robbery, charges they have denied. They are said to have, on July 26, 2014 at East Legon in Accra, robbed one Essien Mishasha Ibono of her two mobile phones val­ued at GH₵900, a pair of ladies' shoes valued at GH₵50, an NHIS card, a driving license, house keys and a cash amount of GH₵4625. Prosecuting, Inspector Grace Banda told the court presided over by Francis Obiri that the complainant in the case is a student resi­dent at East Legion, while the accused persons also live at Dansoman and Pig Farm respectively. She said at about 4:50am on the said date, the complainant and her sister charted a taxi cab, with registration number GW 6754-13 and driven by Sablah, from Osu to East Legion. On reaching a dark place at East Legon at about 5:25am, while the cab was in motion Agbenyo emerged from the boot of the car through an opening at the back seat with a knife in his hand. He then threatened to kill the two sisters if they failed to surrender all they had on them. Inspector Banda stated that the two sisters were subsequently robbed of the aforementioned items, adding that after the rob­bery they (the victims) were thrown out of the taxi. The police officer said the complainant took note of the registration number of the car and reported the case to the police. She indicated that on September 5,2014, one Kwaku Obeng was arrest­ed with the taxi and that during police interroga­tion, he (Obeng) stated that he was the driver of the cab but gave it to one Kwaku Appiah to work with it between 18th and 28th July. Prosecution further told the court that Appiah was arrested and has confirmed that the cab was in his pos­session on the said date but at about 3pm on July 25, Sablah, who is a friend, col­lected the taxi from him as a spare driver and worked with it until 9am on July 26. Inspector Banda added that Sablah, who was in custody in connection with an earlier robbery case using the same modus operandi, was interrogated and he admitted having collected the said taxi to work with it as a spare driver on July 25 but said he returned it at 10pm the same day. Prosecution said on October 16, an identifica­tion parade was conduct­ed at the Regional CID in Accra and the com­plainant identified Sablah as the one who was driv­ing the taxi cab and Agbenyo as the one who emerged from the boot to attack them with the knife.