Gregory Afoko seeks to overturn High Court decision

Gregory Afoko, the man who allegedly conspired with Alangdi Asabke to murder Adams Mahama, the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has filed an application at the Supreme Court (SC) to overturn the decision of the High Court.

Afoko is challenging the decision of the high court on July 16 to revoke his bail.

The accused was granted GH¢500,000 bail on March 14, 2019, by the Criminal Division “Five” of the Accra High Court, presided by Justice George Boadi, but the bail was rescinded by Justice Merley Afua Wood.

Displeased by the decision to rescind his bail, counsel for Afoko, Mr Stephen Sowah Charway, filed three separate applications at the SC and the Court of Appeal.

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The applicant filed two applications at the SC, a certiorari and probation, praying the apex court to quash the revocation of the bail and stop the High Court judge from hearing the case, and another application at the Court of Appeal challenging the decision to rescind the bail.

On July 17, 2019, the accused pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime and murder.

Consequently, a seven member jury was sworn by the registrar of the court  presided by Justice Wood, a Court of Appeal judge sitting with additional responsibility as a high court judge.

Mrs Marina Appiah Opare, Chief State Attorney, prosecuting, told the court prosecution would invite 19 witnesses to make its case.

She said prosecution would give evidence to prove that Afoko and Asabke agreed with a common purpose to murder Mahama.

On the charge of murder, the Chief State Attorney stated that prosecution would prove that the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP was dead; that he died from harm, that the harm was unlawful and caused by none other than the accused.

The trial of Akofo began in 2016, and ended in 2019. The Attorney-General entered nolle prosequi to end the trial, following the arrest of Asabke in neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire.

Afoko’s trial started in 2016 and was nearing completion after the prosecution and the defence had closed their cases.

On January 26, 2019, Afoko closed his case after he and John Ishmael Afoko, his brother had testified.

The prosecution, led by Chief State Attorney, Mr Matthew Amponsah, had called 14 individuals as prosecution witnesses.

The facts are that Afoko was accused of killingAdam Mahama,Upper East NPP Regional Chairman.

On May 20, 2015, Mahama left home in the morning at about 7am for his construction site in his Toyota Pick-Up with registration number MR761-14.

He returned home at about 11pm and stopped his vehicle at the entrance of his house.

Prosecution said that as soon as he stopped two men signalled for him to roll down the window of his vehicle which he did.

The two men allegedly poured acid on the late Mahama, and fled on a motorcycle.

The deceased screamed for help, and his wife and other neighbours rushed him to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital where he passed on the following morning.

Prosecution alleged that the late Mahama mentioned to his wife and other witnesses that Afoko and Asabke poured acid on him.

The case stands adjourned.


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