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General News of Monday, 11 June 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

Bigger punishment awaits Mahama’s killers on judgement day - Father

Captain Dennis Adam Mahama (rtd), father of the slain soldier, Major Maxwell Adam Mahama has told Accra-based Zylofon Fm that killers of his son have been forgiven but insists the law must take its course.

According to him, he holds nothing against the persons who committed that gruesome act robbing the family of their treasure exactly a year ago, but is of the firm belief that they live to suffer a greater punishment on judgement day.

He told host Blakk Rasta on his ‘Taxi Driver’ show that he cannot prescribe any punishment for them on earth but will not also want to interfere with judicial proceedings because the law is supreme.

Asked what time of punishment he would have pronounced if he was offered the opportunity he said “Blakk Rasta, I have forgiven them but as I said the law must take its course. If the court says they should go away with three cubes of sugar each so be it. If it also decides that they should be given three lashes each it is the law” The retired military captain is however of the view that there is a bigger judgement and punishment that awaits them for the havoc they have wrecked the family.

Background

Major Maxwell Adam Mahama a year ago was gruesomely killed at Denkyira Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central region.

The late military officer was with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Obuasi but was lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber. Major Maxwell Mahama who by then was the commander of a military detachment in the area according to his subordinates, on the dawn of Monday May 29, 2017 was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, they saw the pistol on him.

According to them, he was not dressed in military uniform and because of the spate of armed robberies in the town after residents were attacked a day earlier, the women called the Assemblyman who organized the youth of the town to lynch him.

News of his death was later conveyed to his subordinates who visited the scene to ascertain things for themselves.

For fear of being attacked by the soldiers who may avenge his death, residents started fleeing the town realizing that the deceased was not a criminal as they thought.

52 suspects were arrested in connection with the incident including; Akwasi Baah, Solomon Sackey, Kwame Agyei, Joseph Appiah Kubi (aka Kum Dede), Akosua Takyiwaa (aka Maabono), Esther Dauda (aka Asha) and Michael Kumah (aka Kojo Anim) but a good number of them have since been granted bail

All suspects standing trial have been charged with two counts of murder contrary to section 46 of the criminal code and other offences act of 1960, Act 29 as well as conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder: contrary to section 23(1) and 46 of the criminal and other offences act 1960 (Act 29).