12 out of the 14 persons standing trial for the murder of Major Mahama have been pronounced guilty of the offences of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and abetment of murder. The Jury in the alleged murder of Major Maxwell Mahama pronounced the verdict on the guilt or otherwise of the 14 people standing trial for counts of conspiracy to murder and abetment of murder.
The case which has travelled since 2017 is at its latter stage as both the prosecution and the accused have presented their case before the Judge and Jury. The judge Justice Mariama Owusu is summing the law on the charges as well as evidence presented in the course of the trial to help with the deliberations of the Jury.
Counsel for the 13th and 14th accused, Patrick Anim Addo, in Court on Thursday, January 25, 2024, commenced his final address to the jury and concluded on Monday, January 29, Major Mahama was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29, 2017, while on duty. It was later narrated that the military officer had been mistaken for a robber.
Following the incident, over 50 suspects were rounded up, out of which 14 were eventually screened for prosecution. They are William Baah, then-Assemblyman for Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame a.k.a. Abortion, Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor. The rest are: John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.
High Court directs accused Major Mahama killers to open their defense
The High Court in July 2022, overruled a submission of no case made by lawyers of the 14 accused persons in the Major Mahama Murder trial. The 14, including then assemblyman for Denkyira Obuasi, William Baah argued that the prosecution had not made a compelling case enough against them.
Their lawyers thus argued that they had not been implicated in the tragic killing of Major Mahama and should be freed of the charge. Justice Mariama Owusu, a Justice of the Supreme Court sitting as an additional High Court Judge, however, rejected their argument.
Her Ladyship held that the charges of intentionally causing harm to, and murder of, Major Maxwell Mahama had been sufficiently demonstrated by the prosecution and needed to be defended. She consequently overruled the submission of no case and called upon the accused persons to open their defence.
By: Hanson Agyemang