The Accra Central District Court has committed some 14 suspects in police grips over the alleged murder of the late Major Maxwell Adams Mahama to the high court for trial.
The court presided over by Ebenezer Kweku Ansah ruled that the court was convinced the accused persons are answerable to the charges preferred against them.
The court said there was ample evidence against the accused persons for which they ought to be committed to the high court to face trial on February 15.
They are: William, Baah, the Assemblyman; aka Misty; Bernard Asamoah aka Daddy, drivers’ apprentice; Kofi Nyame aka Abortion, farmer; Akwasi Baah aka Baya, farmer; Kwame Tuffour aka Asowonan, driver; Joseph Appiah Kubi aka Kum Dede, driver and Michel Anim aka Nana Anim.
The others are: Bismarck Donkor aka Dada, farmer; John Bosie aka Abodie, driver’s apprentice; Akwasi Asante, farmer; Charles Quainin aka Kwesi Boah, vulcanizer; Emmanuel Baidoo, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Animah, mason.
They were part of some 22 suspects, including a woman earlier arrested and charged over the gruesome murder of the 5 Battalion of Infantry Soldier on May 29, 2017.
They were provisionally charged with conspiracy to murder and murder.
Mrs. Evelyn Keelson, a Principal State Attorney told the Court yesterday that 13 of the 14 accused persons have been identified in a video recording which forms part of the 53 pieces of evidence the prosecution intends to rely on for the trial.
The video she said captures the accused persons who played diverse roles in the lynching of the deceased.
The Principal State Attorney was emphatic that “the evidence in the docket including the video recording of the attack on the deceased depict deliberate acts on the part of the accused persons to unlawfully cause the death of the deceased. They clearly set out to kill the decease to the extent that even when he was slow in losing his breadth, they wondered how come he was still alive upon all the brutal attacks on him.”
According to the prosecution, the State had lined up 53 exhibits to firm its case against the accused persons.
These include pellets, empty cartridges, pictures from the crime scene, two guns partly burnt shirt, a cell phone belonging to the deceased, cement blocks, stick, metal bar, stones, 7 rounds of ammunition, 2 single barrel guns among others.
Meanwhile, George Bernard Shaw, lawyer for the accused persons says the defense has no objection to the exhibits.
He served notice that the defense “will be calling a couple of witnesses including the Diaso Police.”
Then Capt. Maxwell Mahama of the 5 Battalion of Infantry was lynched while he was on his early morning jogging Monday, May 29, 2017.
The fallen officer, whom many have described as decent and gentle, died on Monday, May 29, after he was beaten, stoned and burnt by residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.
Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major on June 5, by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Parliament in November 2017, approved a bill that will make the spouse and children of Major Maxwell Mahama the state’s responsibility. The bill was in fulfillment of the President’s promise to the family of Major Mahama.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher