Tears are already flowing as the mother of the late young soldier breaks down as accused persons enter the courtroom of an Accra High Court ahead of judgment day, today, January 29, 2024, describing them as “murderers.”
Also family and relatives of the late military officer have arrived in court most of whom are in black outfits.
EIB Network Legal Affairs correspondent, Murtala Inusah reports that a seven-member jury panel is expected to return their verdict today as 14 persons stand accused of his lynching.
The facts, presented by the prosecution, were that Major Mahama was the commander of a military detachment stationed at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District in the Central Region to check illegal mining activities.
At 8 am on May 29, 2017, Major Mahama, wearing civilian clothes but with his sidearm, left his detachment base for a 20-kilometre jog.
At 9:25 a.m., the military officer got to the outskirts of Denkyira Obuasi, where several women were selling foodstuffs by the roadside.
He stopped to interact with the women and even bought some snails, which he left in their custody to be taken up on his return from jogging.
While he was taking out money from his pocket to pay for the snails, the woman from whom he had bought the snails and a few others saw his sidearm tucked to his waist.
Soon after he left, one of the women telephoned the assembly member for Denkyira Obuasi to report what they had seen.
“Without verifying the information, the assembly member mobilized the accused persons and others, some now at large, to attack the military officer,” the prosecution stated.
It added that the mob met Major Mahama near the Denkyira Obuasi cemetery and, without allowing him to explain and identify himself, “attacked him with implements such as clubs, cement blocks, and machetes, killed him, and burnt a portion of his body”.