Crime & Punishment Fri, 22 Jan 2016
The State says the bill of indictment on Gregory Afoko the suspect, who allegedly poured acid on the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Adams Mahama would be ready at the court’s next sitting.According to Mr Mathew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney the bill of indictment was almost ready and assured the court it would be ready at its next sitting.
The matter was therefore adjourned to February 4.
Afoko on a number of occasions sought bail at the Magistrate Court but the Court turned him down.
His lawyers had argued that he had been incarcerated for more than eight months and his personal liberty was at stake, hence should be admitted to bail.
Afoko has been charged for murder, his accomplice, Musah Issah, is being held for abetment of crime. Their pleas have not been taken.
On July 10, the Magistrate’s Court presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku, admitted Issah to bail in the sum of GH? 20,000.00 with four sureties.
He is to report to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service before noon from Monday to Thursday, until the case is disposed off.
In the case of Afoko, an Accra High Court refused him bail, saying there had not been any unreasonable delay in the matter.
The Court presided over by Mr Justice K. A. Okwabi noted that the facts and charges were properly laid and they connected Gregory to the crime.
In May, while he was on the way home, Mahama was attacked with acid, and he later died in the hospital.
He reportedly named some of the persons who attacked him.
According to the Police, Afoko after his arrest, was asked to lead the Police to the house of his accomplice, Asabke Alangdi, but “he rather took them to his father’s house.”
The Police said they later located the house of the second person, but the suspect, having gotten wind of their presence, absconded with his wife, leaving behind their baby.
A gallon, which allegedly contained some of the substance and a plastic cup, were retrieved from the scene for forensic examination, the Police said.
The Police said: a “post mortem examination was conducted on the body of Adam and the pathologist gave the cause of the death as shocked lungs and extensive acid burns.”
Issah was arrested for allegedly buying the acid used for the attack.