Mahama ‘Killers’ Hot
…Witness Storms Court
The Attorney-General and the Minister of Justice yesterday opened the trial of the 14 persons accused of murdering Major Maxwell Mahama.
The state had presented its first prosecution witness- Warrant Officer (WO) II Sabi Kwasi in the trial after hitches in empaneling the jury for the case.
Led in evidence by Evelyn Keelson, a Chief State Attorney, WO II Sabi disclosed that the last time he heard of the deceased was when he (Maj. Mahama) told him he was going for a walk at about 8:30am on May, 29, 2017.
He said on the said day, the deceased said he was not going to use his usual route and as such would be a bit late in returning to their base.
WO II Sabi further told the court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu that at about 9:30 that same day when he called the late Mahama, his phone was not going through.
The witness noted that it was until about 2pm when one Mr. Donald, the Chief Executive of Canada-Ghana Mining Company in Denkyira Obuasi called him on phone to inform him about Major Mahama’s death.
WO II Sabi explained that the call was the third from the said Mr. Donald insisting the first two calls were to find out if all the military personnel were safe.
He said after the information he went to the Dunkwa Hospital where he found the body of the deceased burnt at the mortuary.
The witness said he was early on told by another nurse in the hospital that an armed robber (referring to the deceased) had been killed and deposited at the mortuary.
The suspects on trial 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.
The then Capt. Maxwell Mahama of the 5 Battalion of Infantry was lynched while he was on his early morning jogging Monday, May 29, 2017.
He was beaten, stoned and burnt by residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.
The accused persons are William Baah (aka Misty), the Assemblyman; Bernard Asamoah (aka Daddy), drivers’ apprentice; Akwasi Baah (aka Baya), farmer; Kwame Tuffour (aka Asowonan), driver and Michel Anim (aka Nana Anim).
The others are: Bismarck Donkor (aka Dada), farmer; Akwasi Asante, farmer; Charles Quainin (aka Kwesi Boah), vulcanizer; Emmanuel Baidoo.
The rest are Kofi Nyame (aka Abortion), farmer, Joseph Appiah Kubi (aka Kum Dede), driver, John Bosie (aka Abodie), driver’s apprentice, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Animah, mason.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson