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Afoko trial: Defence ends cross-examination of 3rd witness

By
Hafsa Obeng, GNA
    

Accra, July 21, GNA –
Defence counsel in the case involving Gregory Afoko, who has been accused of
the murder of the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic
Party, has ended cross- examination of the third prosecution witness.

The witness, Mr Asigri
Quinn answering questions from the defence counsel, emphasized that when he met
Adams (Deceased) in his house on that fateful day he was in great pain. And at
the time he was leaving him at the hospital he was still in pain.

He said Adams was
lying in his bed at the time he Asigiri got to the hospital, and up until the
time he was leaving the hospital, he was still in bed with the hospital
authorities attending to him.

When asked whether
Adams spoke to Taufic and mentioned Afoko and Asabke to him, as the one who
poured the alleged substance on him, he answered in the affirmative, saying
Adams spoke to him in the presence of the nurses and everyone there.

Mr Quinn said Adams
was not unconscious when he got there, and that was why he was able to mention
Taufic number to him. But I do not remember the number because I did not use my
phone to call, but that of the doctor.

“It is a fact in my
evidence that Taufic did not pick my call, although I called him. I do not also
know how he came to the hospital on that fateful day.”

When asked whether
Taufic was a close associate to Adams he answered yes, adding however that he
(Quinn) was not a close associate to Adams, and Taufic.

“I only met Taufic for
the first time at the hospital, I do not know him.”

Following this the
defence counsel ended cross examination.

The case was later
adjourned to October 25.

At the last adjourned
date, the case was not heard because the defence counsel was involved in
another matter at the Supreme Court.

The Prosecution
intends to call 12 other witnesses, in addition to Hajia Adams, Madam Issaka
and Quinn.

Gregory Afoko, a
farmer, is alleged to have killed Mr Adams Mahama.

Afoko is being held on
the charges of conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder and murder. However, he
has pleaded not guilty before the Court, which is also composed of a
seven-member jury.

It is 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, last year that 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 of the deceased
conducted on November 25, 2015, 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 in the
deceased car.

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

The Prosecution is
being led by Mr Nicolas Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, who told the court that
Mr Adams was a contractor, who 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 and the two
men, however, 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 02:00 hours in his house and he led the Police to Asabke’s house. Asake
was, however, not available.

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

GNA

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