- Eleven alleged killers of Major Maxwell Mahama have recanted their statements to the police
- They accused the police of forcing them to admit to killing the late military officer
- A mini-trial will therefore be held to ascertain the veracity of their claim
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Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was part of an anti-galamsey task force when he was grisly lynched and burned to death by a mob whilst on his early morning jogging on May 29, 2017, in Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.
The mob later claimed they mistook him for an armed robber because he carried a weapon.
The gruesome murder shocked the entire nation and led President Akufo-Addo to promote him posthumously to Major, give him a state burial, and set up a Trust Fund to cater for his family and any other matters.
A huge monument was unveiled in Accra in 2019 immortalising him.
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Almost four years to that sordid episode in the history of the country, 11 out of the 14 alleged killers of Major Mahama accused the police of forcing them to confess to killing the late military officer.
They are; Bernard Asamoah, alias Daddy; Kofi Nyarko, aka Abortion; Akwasi Baah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim, Bismark Donkor, John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning and Emmanuel Badu.
They made the accusation on Monday, April 19, when the case investigator, Chief Inspector Samuel Agyakwa sought to tender their caution and charge statements into evidence, according to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on graphic.com.gh.
After lawyers for the 11 accused persons—Bernard Shaw and Theophilus Donkor objected to the tendering of the statements as evidence, arguing that their client did not willingly give the statements to the police, Justice Mariama Owusu, a Justice of the Supreme Court sitting as a High Court judge, ruled that a mini-trial would be conducted.
“The mini-trial will ascertain the veracity or otherwise of counsel’s objection,” Justice Owusu ruled.
Parties in the trial were therefore directed to present their witnesses for the mini-trial, which will be conducted on April 30 this year.
In other news, opinionated Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, backed the jailing of actress Akuapem Poloo.
An Accra Circuit Court on Friday, April 16, sentenced the actress known in real life as Rosemond Brown for publishing obscene material to 90 days in prison.
Christina Cann, the judge who sat on the case highlighted her worry about the proliferation of nude photos and video on social media during the delivery of the sentence.
Commenting on the sentence described by many as “harsh”, the Assin Central lawmaker said it was not harsh enough.
“…She should have been given one year,” he stated on ‘The Seat’ show on his Net2 television.
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