Major Mahama murder: Counsel seeks medical records of accused

An Accra high court yesterday, asked counsel for one of the 14 accused of the murder of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region, to file supplementary affidavit on request for the medical records of his client.

Mr. Clement Amankwa Bruce, counsel for Kwame Tuffor, fifth accused, wanted to move an ex-parte application, for the court to order a health facility, to produce the medical details of his client, who was indisposed, but the court said the application was incomplete.

Justice Mariama Owusu, presiding judge, asked counsel to specify in his affidavit, the name of the health facility and the medical officer his client was going to see for examination.

The prosecution was expected to invite the fifth witness, but Mrs. Evelyn Keelson, a principal state attorney, who represented the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, indicated that the witness explained that he could not make it because he had to deal with a domestic issue.

Kodjo Nfum, 34, the fourth prosecution witness, completed his evidence on December 5, 2018.

The witness, a farmer, told the court that Major Mahama pleaded with the alleged murderers for compassion, but they ignored him.

Nfum, also known as Ajakoo, said he saw Yaw Agardey, Daddy and Akwasi Boar hit Major Mahama with cement blocks and sticks.

Led in evidence by Mrs. Keelson, Nfum said that he carried Major Mahama on his motorcycle when the soldier was chased by his assailants.

He stated that on their way to Denkyira Obuasi, the motorcycle was involved in an accident and Major Mahama boarded a tipper truck.

Nfum said that one of the assailants fired gunshots at the windscreen of the tipper truck, and a few moments later, the alleged murderers took Major Mahama off the vehicle and beat him with sticks and other objects.

The witness said Major Mahama died after he was shot and hit with cement blocks and sticks, and the corpse was conveyed by the police in a plastic sack.

Counsel for accused, Messrs Bernard Shaw, Augustine Obour and Augustine Gyamfi, suggested to Nfum during cross-examination that he was not truthful to the court, but the witness said his evidence was unblemished.

Major Mahama was lynched at Denkyira Obuasi on May 29, 2017, during a morning walk.

Fourteen persons, including William Baah, a former Assembly Member of Denkyira Obuasi, are standing trial in connection with the murder.

They have all pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from murder, abetment to murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The case has been adjourned to January 15, 2019.



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