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8 More Witness for Afoko

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The State is set with eight more witnesses in the trial of 52-year-old Gregory Afoko over the murder of Adams Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The State, led by Matthew Amponsah, a Chief State Attorney has so far presented five out of the 13 witnesses expected to be called in the trial.

At the hearing yesterday, Osafo Boabeng, lawyer for Gregory ended his cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness-Dominic Apaaya Baba who has since been discharged by the court.

The discharge of Dominic paves the way for the state to present its sixth witness in its quest to tighten its case against the accused.

On Wednesday the witness told the court that the Gregory lied to the police when he said he was asleep at 20:00 hours on the day of the incident.

He said he together with Afoko, Asabke and one Awafo, were at the Lovers Inn drinking spot and they left there at about 22:00 hours on the said day.

Dominic said when he went to the police station to give his statement he was told that Gregory had said upon his arrest that he was asleep as at 20:00 hours on May 20, 2015, but told the court that Gregory’s claim was false.

He told the court presided over by Justice L. L. Mensah that he had known Afoko, and his accomplice, Asabka, now at large for the past 10 years in Bolgatanga as strong party activists, and he also knew the deceased (Adams Mahama), over the same period before he was elected as the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Regional Chairman.

The case has however been adjourned to February 6, for the prosecution to present the sixth witness.

The Prosecution intends to call eight other witnesses, in addition to Hajia Adams, Madam Issaka, Quinn, Taufic and Dominic.

Gregory has been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and murder of Adams Mahama in May 2015.

Meanwhile he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Adams Mahama died of extensive acid burns and shock lungs (acute respiratory distress syndrome), an autopsy report has indicated.

Gregory’s alleged accomplice, Asabke, is still on the run.

By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher

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