General News of Friday, 12 July 2019
A prosecution witness in the trial of the alleged murderers of the late Major Maxwell Mahama has been involved in an accident.
The Accra High Court was told ACP Baffour Apenteng Nyamekye, who has given his evidence in chief and being cross-examined as the 12th prosecution witness, was involved in an accident at the weekend.
State prosecutors said ACP Nyamekye was hospitalized but was discharged on Monday, July 10.
Mrs Evelyn Keelson, the Chief State Attorney, told the Court that, she had a brief chat with the witness and prayed the Court for an adjournment.
The Court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu, a Court of Appeal judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court Judge, upon the prayer, adjourned the trial to Tuesday, July 23 for continuation.
At the last adjourned date, the witness told the court that he never constructed a google map but rather re-constructed the crime scene sketch.
Mr Appenteng, who has served with the Ghana Police Service for 30 years, was answering questions in further cross-examination by Mr Bernard Shaw, the counsel for William Baah, and said he added a couple of inputs to the google map to arrive at the crime scene sketch.
Asked, whether he knew that the Military was in that District to give protection to a mining company called C and G, he answered in the affirmative.
The Defence again asked the witness, whether he knew the Company was doing illegal mining in the area and the witness said he was in the town to investigate a murder case and not illegal mining.
Fourteen persons are standing trial at an Accra High Court over the killing of Major Mahama, who was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, at Burma Camp.
The late Major was on duty at Denkyira-Oboasi in the Central Region when on May 29, 2017 some residents allegedly mistook him for an armed robber and lynched him.
The mob had ignored his persistent plea that he was an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The accused are William Baah, the Assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame a.k.a Abortion, Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor.
Others are John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.