You ‘Killed’ Capt. Mahama -Lawyer Tells Witness
The trial of the 14 persons over the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama yesterday took a dramatic turn when a lawyer of the suspects accused a witness in the case of killing the soldier.
According to Augustines Obour, lawyer for two of the suspects in the case, the witness in the box was among the mob that lynched the late soldier to death.
He argued that the witness was in the court to testify in favour of the prosecution in order to avert prosecution by the state.
Mr. Obour had alleged that the witness, Kwame Adjeil, a farmer and trader was among the initial suspects arrested by the police in connection with the murder.
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.
But under cross-examination, Mr. Obour had maintained that Kwame is as culpable as the ones standing trial.
“You are among those who lynched major Mahama: I am putting it to you that you were also charged with them (the suspects) and remained in custody from the date of your arrest to about November 17, 2017.”
He added: “am also putting it to you that your evidence in this court is calculated to make the prosecutions comfortable with you to avoid being charged and prosecuted by the state.”
However, Kwame flatly denied the accusations of the lawyer indicating that he did not kill the soldier.
He again refuted claims by the lawyer that he failed to rescue the late soldier and left him (Capt Mahama) in the hands of the mob because he (Kwame) believed Major Mahama was a robber.
Kwame explained that he left Major Mahama before the mob killed him, stressing that he saw the mob following the late solider.
Earlier, lead in evidence by Frances H. Ansah, a Principal State Attorney, the farmer cum trader narrated the series of events leading to the death of the solder.
He said on the day of the incident he was at the roadside at Denkyira-Obuasi selling his diesel when he saw two motorbikes passing being occupied by one Yaw Amankwah, Kwasi Buah and William Baah (aka Misty), the Assemblyman of the area who is also the first accused person.
He said soon after the trio had passed on two separate motorbikes he heard gun shots amidst shouts of thief, thief, thief which compelled him to follow on his motor bike.
Kwame stated that when going he met the late soldier who plead with him to take him on his motorbike because some people wanted to kill him.
The witness told the court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu among other things that he heard a gunshot behind him and that when he turned, he saw Yaw Amakwah and Akwasi Buah holding a gun.
Kwame further claimed that he saw Captain Mahama and Yaw Amankwah exchanging fire until they run out of bullets, a situation which compelled him to run into the bush.
Source: thepublisher/Jeffery De-Graft Johnson