Samuel Kingsley Yeboah aka Moses, a businessman who conspired with another person to snatch a KIA Pride taxi from its driver at West Legon was on Thursday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
The accused has been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery contrary to section 149 of ACT 29/60.
He pleaded not guilty to the charged and was remanded into Police custody to re-appear on February 6.
The Prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Reynolds Agyemang said the complainant Samuel Hagan is a driver while the accused Samuel Kingsley Yeboah, is a businessman resident at Fante New Town, a suburb of Kumasi.
He said at about 1720 hours on June16, the complainant was working with the taxi when the accused and an accomplice engaged his services at West Legon.
He said on the way, the accused used the butt of a pistol to hit the complainant in the head which resulted in a cut and in the process he snatched the vehicle from him and drove away.
DSP Agyemang said on the same day the accused called one Eric Opoku at Elubo on phone that he has a KIA Pride taxi he was offering he for sale at GH¢6,000.
He said Opoku, who is a convict expressed interest in the deal and so travelled to Accra on June 17, 2011.
He met the accused at the Days Inn Hotel at Tantra Hill at 21 hours where he took possession of the vehicle with the assurance of paying for it after testing it.
He said Opoku kept the car at the hotel and at about 2330 hours two Policemen including one Inspector Isaac Lugu effected his arrest and took the taxi from him.
DSP Agyemang said Inspector Lugu and his accomplice one Agya Sei sold the car to one Ekow Nsarko at Tema for GH¢4,000.
He made part payment of GH¢3,000 and demanded for the documents covering the car.
DSP Agyemang said Nsarko also sold the car to one Florence Ayerkie Mensah through one Obed who forged the registration number of the car as GE 7180-11.
He said on September 9, 2011 at about 0800 hours the original driver of the taxi, one Eric Boadi spotted the car at the traffic inter-section at Dzorwulu and drew the attention of the Policemen controlling the traffic who caused the arrest of the driver, one Emmanuel Eduful.
When the chassis number was checked it was found to be a stolen taxi.
DSP Agyemang said further checks at Accra Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority showed that the car was registered in the name of Kwame Amoh of YNC Limited Box 2727, Tema.
He said Nsarko upon his arrest refunded GH¢5,000 cash being the price he sold the vehicle to Florence Mensah.
He said on September 19, 2011, the complainant identified the accused, Yeboah as one of the two armed robbers who robbed him of his taxi.