Prosecution closes case on lynching of Major Mahama

The Prosecution has closed its case in the trial of 14 persons for the alleged murder of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama of the 5th Infantry Battalion, Burma Camp, Accra.

By closing its case, the Prosecution has presented all of its evidence against the accused persons before the Court, and urged the Court to find them guilty of knowingly killing the military officer.

Fourteen (14) witnesses testified for the Prosecution and were rigorously questioned on their testimonies by lawyers for the fourteen (14) accused persons.

Major Mahama was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29, 2017, while on duty.

It was later narrated that the military officer had been mistaken for a robber.

Following the incident, over 50 suspects were rounded up, out of which 14 were eventually screened for prosecution.

They are William Baah, then-Assemblyman for Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame a.k.a. Abortion, Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor. The rest are: John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.

The trial, however, took a one-year-long pause with the emergence of Covid-19 in 2019, and the 2020 Presidential Election Petition hearing.

This was more so because the trial Judge, Her Ladyship Mariama Owusu, who sits on the case as an additional High Court Judge, had also been empanelled to hear the election petition case.

Lawyers for the 14 accused persons in Court on Monday, May 16, 2022, disclosed that they would be making a submission of no case on the matter.

By this, the lawyers will be telling the Court that the prosecution has not convincingly shown that the 14 people currently before the Court are the ones who killed the army officer.

Based on that, they will be asking the Court to dismiss the charges against the 14 people.

The High Court has thus given the lawyers for the fourteen accused persons up to two weeks to file the said submission.

The parties will thus return to Court on Monday, May 30, for the Court to allocate the prosecution time to respond to the submission of no case.

SOURCE: citinewsroom

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