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Afoko Denies Police Caution Statements

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Gregory Afoko, the man accused of allegedly murdering Adams Mahama, the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP says his police caution statement was not read to him.

According to him, he was also unable to read the statement himself because he could not see the hand writing of the police officer due to the fact that he did not have his spectacles.

Under cross examination yesterday, Gregory told the court that the police officer who took his caution statements during his arrest in a presence of a police labourer asked him (Gregory) to sign the statements which he did.

The accused stated that his brother-Amoach Afoko who is a lawyer at the police station during his arrest was not a witness to his statements because in his words his brother intermittently went in and out of the Station.

The brother of Paul Afoko, the dismissed National Chairman of the NPP vehemently denied claims by the prosecutor, Matthew Amposah that Amoach was his (Gregory’s) witness and as such heard everything, he told the police.

Gregory again refuted the assertion by the police that his caution statements were read and explained to him in the presence of an independent witness.

But the prosecution disagreed insisting that the caution statements were read in the presence of one Kakem Musah as  a witness.

The Accra Criminal High Court presided over by Justice L. L.  Mensah on Monday invited Gregory to open his defense after the prosecution had closed its case.

Thirteen witnesses including Hajia Zainab Adams, wife of the deceased have so far testified in the matter.

Gregory has been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and murder of Adams Mahama in May 2015 with one Asabke Alandi who is currently on the run.

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.

By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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