The prosecution has begun addressing the seven-member jury in the trial of the suspected killers of Major Maxwell Mahama.
In her presentation, Mrs Evelyn Keelson, Chief State Attorney, reminded the jury that the accused were charged on three counts of conspiracy to conduct criminal to wit murder, abetment to commit crime to wit murder, and murder.
She stated that following the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, 14 witnesses were summoned and many exhibits, including cement blocks, iron bars, sticks, and weapons, were catered to.
Fourteen people are on trial in an Accra High Court for the murder of Major Mahama, a 5th Infantry Battalion officer, in Burma Camp.
On May 29, 2017, the late Major was on duty in Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region when several people allegedly mistaken him for an armed robber and lynched him.
The crowd apparently rejected his repeated claims that he was a member of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The accused are William Baah, a Denkyira-Obuasi Assembly member, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame aka Abortion, Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim, and Bismarck Donkor.
John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga, and Kwadwo Anima are among the others.
Mrs Keelson stated that at the conclusion of their argument, a prima facia case was formed against the accused individuals, despite the accused persons’ declaration of no case. But their submission was overruled.
She stated that the court determined that a case had been presented against the accused.
To refresh the jury’s memory on the case, two brief films were given to them to demonstrate that Major Maxwell Mahama had died and that his death was not due to natural causes.
She informed the jury that the accused and others attacked the late Major with sticks, iron bars, and weapons, and that physicians who did the autopsy claimed the deceased was shot twice.
Doctors indicated the cause of death was numerous brain injuries from the attack, she said after the postmortem.
The case was adjourned to October 23, 2023, for continuation.