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Major Mahama: Jury Returns Guilty Verdict For 12 Out of 14 Accused Over Soldier’s Murder

The 12, including a former Assemblyman of the area who rallied residents to attack the soldier, have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

A jury at the Accra High Court has found 12 out of 14 persons who were put to trial for the brutal lynching of young soldier, Major Mahama at Denkyire-Obuasi in 2017.

The 12, including a former Assemblyman of the area who rallied residents to attack the soldier, have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Court acquitted and discharged two others (Bismark Donkor and Bismark Abanga) after the jury returned a not-guilty verdict on their prosecution.

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When news broke of Major Mahama’s murder, it shook the country. A Captain at the time, he was mobbed by residents in the area who mistook him for an armed robber, while on official duty there.

“Without verifying the information, the assembly member (William Baah) mobilised the accused persons and others, some now at large, to attack the military officer. They attacked him with implements such as clubs, cement blocks, and machetes, killed him, and burnt a portion of his body,” Prosecutors had said in the course of the trial.

Following the incident, the deceased soldier was promoted posthumously to the rank of Major on June 5, 2017. A foundation was also established in his honor the following year to campaign against mob justice.

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