Gregory Afoko
Gregory Afoko

An Accra High Court on Tuesday dismissed a bail application filed by Gregory Afoko, who

is accused of pouring acid on Mr Adams Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New

Patriotic Party (NPP), which led to his death.

Gregory Afoko
Gregory Afoko
The Court, presided over by Mr Justice K. A. Okwabi, noted that there had not been

any unreasonable delay in the trial as the facts and charges were properly laid and they

conneced the accused person to the crime.

He stated: ?In the interest of the public, bail ought to be refused?.

Justice Okwabi, however, expressed concern that the accused person?s right that

within 48 hours he should be presented before the court was violated and urged the State

to devoid itself of such practices in order not to incur judgment debt.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved family members of the late Adams Mahama, engaged in hot

exchanges of words with Gregory?s family members at the Court premises.

During the verbal and stone attacks, a person identified with the deceased?s family

collapsed at the court premises.

He was, however, resuscitated and rushed to the hospital.

The High Court on August 11, fixed today August 18, to rule on the bail application

put in by Gregory Afoko.

At the court presided over by Mr Justice K.A.Okwabi, the defence counsel, Mr Ekow

Ampah Korsah, moved and argued his application for bail.

The state represented by Mr Matthew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, however, was

opposed to the grant of bail to Afoko, who is being held on a charge of murder.

Arguing his case, Mr Korsah lamented his inability to get access to his client, who

is currently being kept at the East Legon Police Station.

Mr Korsah, who filed an affidavit in support of his case, said he found it strange

that prosecution was contending that there had not been an unreasonable delay in the

matter.

According to him, Gregory had been in Police custody since May 21, this year, and

wondered when prosecution would conclude its investigation into the matter.

He said the Court had jurisdiction to grant bail to his client, adding that, since

the commencement of the matter, they anticipated delay in the trial.

Mr Korsah said Gregory had no means to interfere with investigations and he

(Gregory) would be present to stand trial if granted bail.

Mr Amponsah vehemently opposed the bail application saying it was ?premature.?

According to Mr Amponsah, there had not been any delay in the matter, saying that,

two and half months could not be classified as an undue delay in the criminal matter and

that the Defence counsel was only being speculative when he asserted that there had been

an undue delay.

He said the clothes of the accused person currently in the custody of the Police had

been sent to the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for examination.

He said a report produced by the GSA indicated that the burns on the base of

Gregory?s trousers were consistent with acid burns.

This, he said, established a clear nexus between the accused person and the

incident.

According to the Chief State Attorney, the Police was aware of the high public

interest in the matter, as such, they were leaving no stone unturned in their

investigations.

He said if Gregory was granted bail, he would interfere with investigation and as

such he should not be granted bail.

Gregory had gone to the High court to seek for bail following a ruling by an Accra

Magistrates? Court that denied him bail because he was facing a charge of murder.

Musah Issah, Afoko?s accomplice, is being held for abetment of crime. Afoko and

Issah?s pleas have not been taken.

On July 10, a Magistrates? Court in Accra admitted Issah to bail.

The Magistrates? Court presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku admitted Issah to bail 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 concluded.

The family of Mr Mahama has also filed a motion at the High Court to quash the

decision by an Accra Magistrates? Court to grant bail to Issah.

According to the family, the Magistrate Court had no jurisdiction to grant Musah bail

hence its decision should be quashed.

Mr Mahama was in May attacked with acid on his way home and later died in 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 the father?s house.?

The Police said they later located the house of the second person but the suspect

had gotten wind of their presence and had 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 stated.

The Police said: a ?post mortem examination was conducted on the body 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.

Source : GNA/ newsghana.com.gh

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