Machine Halts Kombian Trial

The trial of Johnson Kombian, the convicted jailbird at the Accra Fast Track High Court in connection with the murder of two police officers at Nakpanduri Scarp in the Northern region has been adjourned.

The case was adjourned to July 6, 2015 because the recording machines were faulty and the court, presided over by Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh, needed to capture the proceedings on tape.

The accused and the prosecuting attorney Marina Appiah were in court and the problem was detected earlier.

Kombian is expected to call his last witness to testify after which he would close his case.

Moses Lariba, the childhood friend of the accused person, who testified at the last hearing, said he had known him for several years.

In his evidence in chief led by George Assamaney, who is counsel for the accused person, the witness said prior to October 17, 2010 Kombian had informed him he would be travelling to Togo.

He said he did not see the accused person for sometime but added that during that time he also lost one of his children so he could not say for a fact that he indeed travelled.

The accused person denied the charges levelled against him in his evidence, saying he did not kill the police officers—Constables Prince Agyare and Owusu Frimpong and did not shoot the surviving police officer, Constable Osei Bonsu.

The accused told the court that he was not even in Ghana on November 17, 2010—the day the police officers were killed.

He also complained of police brutality and the burning of his house by the police when they were looking for him.

The accused denied allegations that a court convicted him of robbery and challenged anybody who had evidence to that effect to prove so, adding that he had nothing against the police officers to want to kill them.

About six witnesses have so far testified against Kombian, including ASP Mumuni Abdulai, the former District Police Commander for Bunkprugu Yunyoo, the pathologist, who conducted post-mortem on the deceased policemen and examined the surviving police officer.

By Fidelia Achama

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