Major Mahama murder case: 14-year-old girl identifies accused

Late Major Maxwell Mahama.

Late Major Maxwell Mahama.

A witness has identified Kwesi Asante as the one who came for her father’s gun that was allegedly fired at late Major Adams Maxwell Mahama, at Denkyira Obuasi, in the Central Region on May 29, 2017.

 

She was testifying before the Accra High Court Criminal Division “3” presided over by Mariama Owusu, a Court of Appeal Judge, sitting with additional responsibility as a high court judge.

 

The witness, Hannah Dwumah, 14, a pupil of Obuasi Roman Catholic Basic School, said Asante, who is one of the 14 people accused for the alleged murder of the soldier took the gun from her father’s room in his absence.

 

Led in evidence by Mrs Evelyn Keelson, a Chief State Attorney, Dwumah stated that, on that fateful day, she went back home from school to take money.

 

The witness said when she got home, there was nobody except the accused, who came to ‘pick’ the gun and that when she inquired where Asante was taking the gun to, the accused ignored her.

 

Ms Dwumah, who testified in Twi (Akan), said she told her father about what happened and he reported the case to Duasi police.

Major Mahama was killed at Denkyira Obuasi on May 29, 2017. He was said to have been lynched during a morning walk that led him to Denkyira Obuasi.

Fourteen people including William Baah, a former Assembly Member of Denkyira Obuasi, are standing trial in connection with the death of the military officer.

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

Five prosecution witnesses have so far testified and have been cross-examined in the case.

They were Warrant Officer (WO) Kwesi Sebi, Major Mahama’s second in command during a military operation at Diaso in the Central Region, Kwame Adjei, a welder at Denkyira Obuasi, Akosua Takyiwaa, the food seller who allegedly raised the false alarm that led to Major Mahama’s death, and Kodwo Nfum, a fuel attendant.

  BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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