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Afoko trial: Defence ends cross-examination of third witness

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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.

Source: GNA

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