Accra,– Chief Inspector Samuel Agyakwa, the 14th Prosecution Witness in the trial involving the alleged murderers of late Major Maxwell Mahama, has told an Accra High Court that the crime scene of the late military officer was not cordoned.

He said as per the practice in criminal investigations, the police were to cordon off a crime scene anytime there was a crime but in the case of the late Maj. Mahama that was not the case.

Mr George Bernard Shaw, Counsel for six of the accused persons in a cross-examination, told the court that the crime scene was protected by both police and military officers, to which the witness agreed.

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-Obuasi in the Central Region when on May 29, 2017, some residents allegedly mistook him for an armed robber and lynched him.

The mob had allegedly ignored Major Mahama’s persistent plea that he was an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The accused persons are William Baah, the Assemblymember of Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame aka 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.

The witness said the crime scene was not cordoned but the place was safe because the military and police were there.

Chief Inspector Agyakwa explained to the court that, he said the place was safer because the following day after the incident, being May 30, 2017, the police and military visited the scene and arrested some people.

He said before they got to the scene, the regional crime officers and Diaso police officers were on the ground being led by their Commander ASP Agyeman.

The witness explained that the town was empty because of the presence of the police and military.

The trial was adjourned to January 17, 2022, for continuation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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