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I Rang Assemblyman – Witness tells Court


A second prosecution witness in the trial of the 14 persons accused of murdering Major Maxwell Mahama has confessed to ringing one of the accused persons in the dock.

Esther Tawiah, the snail seller believed to have phoned William Baah (aka Misty), the Assemblyman said she called the later to inform him about Capt. Maxwell Mahama possessing a gun.

According to the witness, the slain soldier had asked her about the price of some snails she was selling by the road said and that while the deceased turn to move way she saw the gun strapped on the waste of the late solder.

“He turned and then we (she and two other traders) saw a gun at his waist. When he left I called Baah because I became suspicious and inform him” she told the court through an interpreter yesterday.

Esther noted further: “I picked my phone and called Willian Baah the assembly man and told him honorable, someone has asked of the way to Denkyira Obuasi but he does not know the place and he also has a gun so please check on him and be sure if not we report to the police.”

The court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu heard that minutes after she had cut the call, she saw a timber truck driver alerting them to run away because a soldier had been shot at Denkyira Obuasi.

She said later in the evening one sister Sarah informed her that when she went home she heard that the person who came to the in the morning has been killed and that solders were coning so everyone has fled the village adding that with this information, also fled to her hometown in Brong Ahafo for three weeks until her arrest.

Sitting continue on June 19.

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 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

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