Gregory Afoko’s case adjourned again

An Accra High Court has for the second time adjourned to March 1 and 2, the case concerning the murder of Adam Mahama, the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The court presided by Justice L.L Mensah, a Court of Appeal Judge sitting with additional responsibility did not assign any reason for the adjournment.

However, both the prosecution led by Mr. Mathew Amponsah, a principal state attorney and counsel for Gregory Afoko, Sarfo Buabeng had issues with the  interpretation of the evidence of the sixth prosecution witness who spoke in Gurune, a common language spoken among people from  the Upper East Region.

The state attorney told the court that the witness, Awafo Akelesiya seemed to disagree with the interpretations of Emmanuel Akambo who was invited by the court to interpret Gurune into English.

Led in evidence by Mr. Amponsah, the witness told the court that Afoko urged them at a meeting in which the former National Chairman and General Secretary of the NPP Messrs Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong were billed to attend “to work and unite the party and support Afoko”.

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.

He said Mrs. Adam also got burns on her chest and breast in her bid to assist her husband.

According to Mr Amponsah, the victim told his wife that it was Gregory and Asabke, who poured the 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 the 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.

Afoko was picked up at about 2am in his house and he led the police to Asabke’s house. Asabke was, however, not available.

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

By Malik Sullemana

 

 

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