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General News of Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Seven suspected killers of Major Mahama to face trial in Accra

Seven accused persons put before the Cape Coast District Court in connection with the murder of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region have been discharged by the court.

That followed the discontinuation of the case by the police for the accused to be transferred to Accra for prosecution.

The seven, including the Assembly Member for Denkyira Obuasi, William Baah, who is alleged to have incited others to kill Major Mahama, have been charged provisionally with murder.

The others are Philip Badu, 30, a prison assistant; Yaw Annor, 32, mason; Kofi Badu, 29, farmer; Kofi Nyame, 29, farmer, and Anthony Amoah, 23, a motorbike operator.

Prosecutors’ prayer

Police prosecutors prayed the court to discharge the accused persons, since the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service had taken over the case.

The accused first appeared before the court on June 1, 2017, but the case was adjourned to yesterday after the prosecutor, ASP Hilarious Avonyo, had prayed the court to remand them to enable the law enforcement agencies to carry out further investigations into the case.

The Cape Coast District Court, presided over by Ms Rita Amoaninwah Edusah, discontinued the case and asked the police to allow the accused access to their counsel and give those who had injuries access to medical care.

Counsel for the accused persons, Mr George Bernard Shaw, agreed with the decision, saying he was hopeful the accused would be given adequate access to their counsel.

Major Mahama was killed last May by some residents of Denkyira Obuasi when he went jogging.