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Akua Donkor Robbery Trial Stalls

An Accra Circuit Court yesterday could not continue the case involving the four persons standing trial for allegedly robbing Akua Donkor, founder of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).

This was because Vincent Aikins, lawyer for two of the accused persons was indisposed when the matter was called.

The trial judge, Aboagye Tandoh held that Mr. Aikins had always been present and that it would be fair for the court to adjourn proceeding at his instance.

Owing to the development, the business of the day, which was the presentation of a fourth witness by the prosecution, was stalled.

The case was subsequently adjourned until May 15, 2017.

The accused persons are Yakubu Yusif, trader and Central Regional Chairman of GFP, Abdul Razak Shaibu, a member of the GPRTU Taskforce, Banabas Kayase, Driver and secretary of the party and Opoku Agyemang.

The prosecution said the accused persons, at about 2:30 am at Sowutuom, a suburb of Accra on December 30, 2016, and at Taifa in Accra, conspired to rob the GFP 2016 flag bearer at gunpoint and snatched her travelling bag containing  plane ticket, Ghanaian passport, voter ID card, $30,000 and GH¢3,000.

Two other accomplices-Joe and Nuamah aka Lion are currently on the run.

On Monday, lawyer Aikins subjected Sergeant Yesulorn Atsutse, the third witness in the case, to cross-examination, accusing him of telling lies and not being consistent.

The senior lawyer said the witness had concocted the evidence to mislead the court.

He said, “He has concocted his evidence and perfumed it to give sweet fragrance to this honourable court,”

But Yesulorn, who is also an officer attached to the Odorkor Motorbike Patrol Team, refuted the assertion.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson