Gregory Afoko trial must end by June – Judge

Justice L. L. Mensah, the trial judge in the case involving Gregory Afoko, who has been accused of killing a former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama, has ordered both parties to work expeditiously for the trial to end by June.

He said, “This case would not travel beyond June, and I urge you both to try hard to collaborate with the court so that we see the end of it”.

The Judge said, the Prosecution must make sure to prepare their witnesses ahead so that one after the other they can speed up the trial.

Earlier the Defence Counsel, led by Mr. Osafo Boabeng, ended the cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness (Dominic Apaaya Baba), and he was discharged accordingly.

The case has been adjourned to February 6, for the prosecution to present the next witness.

At the last sitting, the fifth prosecution witness gave his evidence in chief after which the defence Counsel begun cross-examination.

The Prosecution intends to call ten other witnesses, in addition to Hajia Adams, Madam Issaka, Quinn, Taufic and Dominic.

Afoko, a farmer, was alleged to have killed Adams Mahama on 20th May, 2015, is being held on the charges of conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder and murder.

He has pleaded not guilty before the Court, which is also composed of a seven-member jury.

It was alleged that Afoko carried out the act with one Alandgi Asabke, who is on the run.

A third accomplice, Musa Issa, was granted bail after the Attorney-General opined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

The GNA earlier reported that on February 23, 2017, an Accra District Court committed Afoko to stand trial at the High Court to answer to the charges against him.

The State at the committal proceedings tendered more than 17 exhibits in respect of the trial.

The exhibits include Afoko’s caution and charge statements as well as a post-mortem report on the deceased conducted by Dr. Lawrence Edusei; a medical report on the deceased’s wife, who also sustained injuries in her bid to assist the deceased when the incident occurred.

Other exhibits are a gallon containing the alleged residue of acid found at the crime scene, a cup believed to have been used by the assailants in pouring the acid on the deceased, the deceased’s pair of shoes and attire, and a piece of carpet from the deceased’s car.

The rest are various reports from the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), a pair of blue-black tracksuit belonging to Afoko and photographs of the crime scene.

The Prosecution is being led by Mr Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, who told the court that Mr. Adams was a contractor and lived at the Bolgatanga SSNIT Flats in the Upper East Region, and was also the NPP Regional Chairman.

According to Mr. Amponsah, Afoko also lived in Bolgatanga and was the younger brother of Mr. Paul Afoko, a former National Chairman of the NPP.

The State said the accused was also a party activist, and was close to Mr. Adams.

On May 20, 2015, Mr. Adams left his house to his construction site in his pick-up truck with registration number NR 761-14.

The Chief State Attorney said he returned to the house in the night, and at the entrance of his house, two men signaled him to roll down the window of his car.

He obliged, however, the two men poured acid on him and fled on a motorbike.

Mr. Amponsah said Mr. Mahama shouted for help and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adams went to his aid.

He said Mrs. Adams also sustained burns on her chest and breast in her bid to assist the victim. According to Mr. Amponsah, Adams told his wife that it was Gregory and Asabke, who poured the acid on him.

He also mentioned the two accused persons, in the presence of neighbours, as the people who poured the acid on him. The Chief State Attorney said Mr. Adams was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Bolgatanga Hospital where he passed on.

Afoko was picked up at about 0200 hours in his house, and he led the Police to Asabke’s house. Asake was, however, not available.

A post mortem conducted on the deceased by Dr. Edusei indicated that Mr. Adams died of extensive acid burns.

Source: Citifmonline

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