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Major Mahama trial: 7th Prosecution Witness accused of lies

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH| muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh

THE SEVENTH Prosecution witness in the case in which some 14 persons are standing trial for the murder of the late Major Maxwell Adams Mahama has been accused of lies.

Lawyers of the accused persons who have taken turns in cross-examining the witness, Mr Ebenezer Appiah accused him of not been truthful to the court.

According to the lawyers the witness statement he gave to the police and his evidence-in-chief to the court were inconsistent and therefore cannot be a credible witness.

But, the witness maintained that all he has been telling the court is the truth.

The Court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu, a Court of Appeal judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge djourned the matter to Wednesday, March 20, for the continuation of the cross-examination..

Evidence-in-Chief

Previously in court, when the trial of the alleged murderers of the Major Maxwell Mahama resumed Mr Ebenezer Appiah, was led by Mrs Frances Mullen Ansah, Principal State Attorney to give his evidence-in-chief to the court in spoke twi.

The evidence which was translated by an interpreter, said he saw petrol being poured on the body of late Major getting it ready to be burnt.

The witness said that it took the intervention of people around to prevent one Nana Adja from torching the body and later dropped the matches to the ground.

The witness said he is a tricycle driver and on the day of the incident, he was hired to convey some goods to someone at the outskirt of Denkyira-Obuasi.

He said he saw the deceased on his way exactly at Wayo-Nkwanta, a suburb of Denkyira-Obuasi, where he told him not to ride on the shoulders of the road but rather move to the middle.

He said upon his return, he saw three people; Akwasi Boah, Yaw Amankwah and Yaw Boadu, and that Amankwah was exchanging gun shots with the late Major and this continue to the outskirts of the town.

Mr Appiah said he left the scene because he was scared but when he got home, he heard they have arrested an armed robber, so he rushed out to witness.

The witness said he saw one of the accused persons Kofi Nyame aka Abortion lift a cement block and hit the head of the late Major Mahama upon which the victim became weak.

He said the victim, who was very weak had fire set to his pubic hair and immediately after he saw the arrival of the Deaso Police and with them was the Assemblyman; William Baah but he did not get down from the Police vehicle.

Mr Appiah said after the Police took the body away, he also drove his tricycle and left the scene.

He said around 1600 hours, they heard that the deceased was a Military Officer and his colleagues would soon invade the area, so most residents went into hiding.

The witness told the court that he later fled to Sefwi and over there a Police officer approached to informed him that he was wanted at the Police station.

Background

Fourteen persons are standing trial at an Accra High Court over the killing of Major Mahama, who was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, at Burma Camp.

The late Major was on duty at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region when on May 29, 2017 some residents allegedly mistook him for an armed robber and lynched him.

The mob had ignored his persistent plea that he was an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The accused are William Baah, the Assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame a.k.a Abortion, Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor.

Others are John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.

 

 

 

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