Twelve of the fourteen people who were a part of the trial for the murder of Major Maxwell Mahama have been given life sentences.
The judgment was given after they were found guilty of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and abetment of murder.
The jury, managing the case including the supposed murder, gave their verdict on the culpability of the fourteen litigants accused of a scheme to commit murder and abetment of murder.
The prosecution and defense have both presented their arguments to the judge and jury in the 2017 case, which has reached its conclusion.
To assist the jury in their deliberations, the presiding judge, Justice Mariama Owusu, is currently summarizing the relevant laws pertaining to the charges and the evidence presented during the trial.
Patrick Anim Addo, who was representing the 13th and 14th accused, gave his final testimony to the jury on January 29, 2024, and it came to an end on January 29.
Major Mahama tragically died in a lynching on May 29, 2017, while on duty at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region, reportedly mistaking him for a robber.
More than fifty suspects were apprehended following the appalling incident, and fourteen of them were ultimately selected for prosecution. William Baah, then-Assemblyman for Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah (also known as Daddy), Kofi Nyame (alias Abortion), Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim, and Bismarck Donkor were among them.
The remaining defendants include John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga, and Kwadwo Anima.
A motion for the dismissal of the case submitted by the 14 defendants’ attorneys was denied by the High Court in July 2022.
The accused, including William Baah, a former Denkyira Obuasi assemblyman, argued that the prosecution’s evidence was insufficient to prove their involvement in Major Mahama’s tragic death, arguing for their exoneration from the charges.
However, the Supreme Court Justice presiding as an additional High Court Judge, Justice Mariama Owusu, disagreed with their position.
She maintained that further legal action was necessary because the prosecution had sufficiently demonstrated the charges of intentionally causing harm to Major Mahama and murdering him.
As a result, Her Ladyship denied the motion to dismiss the case and ordered the accused to present their arguments.