Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TRIAL OF KUMASI ATAA AYI BEGINS (BACK PAGE)

THE trial of an alleged notorious armed robber, Eric Alfred Zieme, also known as Kumasi Ataa Ayi, has begun at a Kumasi High Court.
However, Zieme, who undertook his robbery activities wielding three AK 47 assault rifles, had no lawyer and is representing himself in court.
When he appeared in court yesterday in the case in which he allegedly robbed the Gocrest Securities of GH¢45,462, Zieme was in clutches because of the gunshot wounds inflicted on him when the police fired at his legs when he attempted to escape after his arrest.
He mounted the dock to cross-examine Victoria Asare, a witness in the case.
Victoria, a cashier of the company, had testified that she and other workers had gone for the money from a client for onward banking when Zieme, wielding an AK 47 rifle, appeared at the scene just before they could leave the premises of the client.
She said the accused pointed the gun at the driver of the vehicle they used and ordered him to surrender the keys to the vehicle.
Victoria informed the court that the suspect shot at the leg of the driver, Kofi Adombiri, and he fell in a pool of blood.
According to the witness, Zieme then went into the boot of the vehicle and collected the money and run away into the bush.
She stated that later on, when the police arrested the suspect, she was made to identify him at the police station.
Cross-examining the witness, the accused told her that it was not true that she went to the police station to identify him.
Accused: "You never came to the police station to identify me."
Witness:" That is not true."
The presiding judge, Mr Justice Kwame Ansu-Gyeabour, adjourned the case to August 28, 2008 for further hearing.

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