The accused person, 18 and a plumber pleaded not guilty to the charge of robbery, contrary to section 149 of the criminal offence Act 1960 (Act 29).
Presenting the facts of the case, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvanus D'almeida said the complainants Freda Oduraa, unemployed and Adwoa Aso, trader and the accused person are all residents of Ahenema Kokoben in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of Ashanti.
On July 22,2018, at about 10:20 pm the first complainant, Fredua Oduraa was with her friend when the accused person appeared from a bush and robbed her of her Vivono mobile phone valued at GHS 500.00 at a knife point.
The first complainant with the fear of been stabbed by the accused person surrendered and handed over the phone to her after which he bolted.
Twenty minutes later on the same day, the accused person who was on robbery expedition came across the second complainant and her friend one Kwame Evans and violently pushed her on the ground and sat on her at a knife point and demanded of her Itel mobile phone worth GHS250.00 before turning to her friend and confiscated his two Itel phones valued at GHS 180.00 and GHS60.00 respectively.
According to prosecution, a witness in the case chanced upon the accused person in town and caused his arrest.
An instant search conducted on him revealed a sharp bread knife. He was escorted to the police station where a report was lodged against him and the exhibit retained.
ASP Sylvanus D'almeida disclosed that the second complainant, Adwoa Aso identified the accused person to the police as the one who forcibly took her phone and that of her companion at a knife point.
In his caution statement to the police, he admitted to the offence but failed to assist the police to retrieved the phones he robbed.