THERE WAS no show in the case in which Gregory Afoko is standing trial for the death of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama, because his lawyer, Mr Osafo Buaben, is sick.
In court yesterday, prosecution was expected to have called the 11th of the 15 witnesses it intended to call, but the court was forced to adjourn the matter to June 18, 2018.
The court, presided over by Justice L.L. Mensah, said the court had a letter from lawyer Buaben informing the court about his ill-health and subsequently adjourned the matter.
At the last adjourned date, a Forensic Toxicologist and Chemist at the Ghana Standards Authority, Peter Quartey Papafio, told the Accra High Court hearing the case that the substance that was poured on the late NPP chairman was sulphuric acid.
According to Mr Papafio, the tenth prosecution witness who analysed the substance as well as other samples submitted by the police for testing, also told the court that the substance tested positive for sulphuric acid with 16.89 molar with 90 to 95 percent purity.
Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr Buaben said the sulphuric acid could not burn the suit because it was a rain coat and the acid could only cause stains because of the texture. But, the witness responded by saying the suit was a nylon polyester suit, hence the burn.
This the witness refuted, saying “it is highly improbable to cause those burns but as to whether they are burns from the motorcycle I would not know.
“I am putting it to you that there were no traces of sulphuric acid on the suit of the accused. It tested positive for traces of sulphuric acid and upon further test it was confirmed to be sulphate ions, indicating that the residues are from sulphuric acid,” the witness maintained.
Mr Papafio also refuted claims from the lawyer that he went beyond his terms of reference from the police by indicating that all the exhibits had traces of the acid in the gallon.
The case has been adjourned to June 18, 2018.