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Accra Circuit Court remands mechanic for alleged phone snatching incident

February 27, 2024
Accra Circuit Court remands mechanic for alleged phone snatching incident

Benjamin Tetteh, a mechanic accused of snatching two mobile phones from individuals in traffic at Community 18, Lashibi, has been remanded into police custody by an Circuit Court. Tetteh's alleged accomplice, identified as Aziz, remains at large. Tetteh faces charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and stealing.

During the court proceedings, Chief Inspector Wisdom Alorwu, leading the prosecution, proposed that the accused person should be charged with robbery rather than stealing, based on a thorough review of the case docket. Consequently, the prosecution requested a brief adjournment to allow the Police to amend the charges and the charge sheet accordingly.

According to the prosecution's account, the first complainant, Morris Gaussou, a resident of Community 18, Lashibi, and the second complainant, Patrick Sarfo, an Uber driver from Dansoman, Accra, were the victims in the incident. On February 14, 2024, at approximately 7:20 pm, Gaussou was walking along the Community 18 stretch when Tetteh and Aziz, riding an unregistered black Yamaha motorbike, approached. At the Devtraco Junction, they allegedly snatched Gaussou's iPhone valued at GHC3,000 and Sarfo's Infinix smartphone valued at GHC2,000 while both victims were stuck in traffic.

However, fortune turned against the accused persons when Gaussou, driving his car, collided with Tetteh and Aziz at the same junction. While Aziz managed to flee the scene, Tetteh was apprehended and detained for further investigation.

Tetteh denied the allegations in his cautioned statement and allegedly failed to cooperate with the police in apprehending Aziz. As the case progresses, Tetteh remains in police custody pending further legal proceedings.

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