Adam Mahama case: Item containing acid not tested

A prosecution witness said that no forensic test was conducted on a plastic cup and a gallon allegedly containing acid, found at the crime scene, where Adam Mahama, former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was allegedly murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Augustine Nkrumah of the Homicide Unit of Ghana Police Service, who testified as the 14th prosecution witness, yesterday told the Accra High Court that examination was not carried out on the items because they were tampered with by some people.

He was answering questions from Osarfo Buabeng, counsel for Gregory Afoko, who was accused of murdering the former NPP regional chairman.

Detective Chief Insp. Nkrumah said the police did not find anything incriminating when they searched the room of the accused.

Prosecuting, Principal State Attorney, Amponsah said Mr Mahama was a contractor and lives at the Bolgatanga SSNIT Flats in the Upper East Region.

He said on May 20, 2015, Mr Mahama left his house to his construction site in his pick-up vehicle with registration number NR 761-14.

The Chief State Attorney said the late Mahama returned home in the night and at the entrance of his house, two men signaled him to roll down the side glass of his car.

He said the former chairman obliged, however, the two men poured acid on him and fled on a motorcycle.

Mr Amponsah said Mr Mahama shouted for help, and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adam, went to his aid, and she received burns on her chest and breast in her bid to assist her husband.

According to Mr Amponsah, Mr Mahama told his wife that Gregory Afoko,  and  Alangdi Asabke now at large, poured acid on him.

The court heard that some neighbours were around when the late Mahama mentioned the names of the accused, as the people who poured acid on him.

The Chief State Attorney said Mr Adams was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Bolgatanga Hospital, where he passed on.

Gregory Afoko was arrested at about 2am in his house, and he led the police to Asabke’s house, but the alleged accomplice was not found.

A post mortem conducted on the deceased by Dr Edusei indicated that Mr Mahama died of extensive acid burns.

 BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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