General News of Wednesday, 19 July 2017
An Accra Circuit Court has remanded 19 suspects into prison custody over their involvement in the murder of Major Maxwell Mahama.
This was after the prosecutor, George Amega, prayed the court on Wednesday July 19 to give them time for a duplicate docket to be sent to the Attorney General for advice.
The court, presided over by Ebenezer Kweku Ansah, therefore, adjourned the case to August 3.
The late soldier was lynched by a group of people at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region where he was on official duty to combat illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as galamsey.
The angry mob mistook Major Mahama for an armed robber after a snail seller spotted a pistol on him when he was reaching for his pocket to pay for snails he had bought from her while jogging on Monday 29 May.
Government has promised a trust fund to help the family of the deceased with a seed fund of GHS500,000, with President Akufo-Addo also pledging some GHS50,000 from his personal coffers to the bereaved family.
He was given a state burial with full military traditions at the Osu cemetery.