- Major Mahama was killed at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29, 2017 when residents mistook him for an armed robber
- 14 people, including William Baah, a former Assembly Member for Denkyira Obuasi, are standing trial in connection with the death of the military officer
A prosecution witness in the case of the Major Maxwell Adam Mahama has said that he did not believe the late soldier was an armed robber when he first saw his corpse after he had been lynched.
Testifying before an Accra High Court, Detective Sergeant Solomon Sakyi-Armah said he could not draw any conclusion because he had little information about the deceased.
The witness made the statement on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 during cross-examination by one of the defence counsel, Mr Anim Addo.
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“At that time I did not have any information on him and so I could not conclude that he was an armed robber,” Det. Sergeant Sakyi-Armah said.
The prosecution witness was one of the first policemen to appear at the scene after the military man had been lynched.
The senior police officer was stationed at Denkyira Dumenase, which is not far from Denkyira Obuasi, where the incident happened.
He told presiding judge, Justice Mariama Owusu, that on May 29, 2017, he was at the police station when he got a call from a friend that there was an armed robber at Denkyira Obuasi.
Det. Sergeant Sakyi-Armah explained that upon getting to the scene with some other policemen, Major Mahama had already been lynched and set ablaze.
He added that he saw about 40 people on both sides of the road where the incident happened.
The late Major Mahama died in May 2017 after being lynched by the people of Denkyira Obuasi, now New Denkyira, on suspicion of being an armed robber.
The death of the late soldier caused widespread uproar, with many Ghanaians condemning the act of mob justice.
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He was subsequently given a state burial, with President Akufo-Addo setting up a fund to cater for his two children he fathered before his untimely death.
Meanwhile, 14 people are currently on trial for charges of conspiracy to kill the military officer.
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