Major Mahama murder: 12 suspects found guilty, sentenced to life imprisonment
A jury has unanimously found twelve out of the fourteen individuals accused of various roles in the murder of Major Maxwell Mahama guilty, leading to life imprisonment sentences.
The accused faced charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and abetment of murder in connection with the tragic lynching of Major Mahama in Denkyira-Obuasi, Central Region, on May 29, 2017. The then-Assembly Member of Denkyira-Obuasi was accused of inciting the community to attack Major Mahama, who was mistakenly identified as a robber.
Two of the accused individuals were acquitted and discharged after the jury found them not guilty of the charges. The verdict comes after a lengthy trial that saw over 50 initial suspects, with 14 individuals selected for prosecution. The High Court overruled a submission of no case in July 2022, allowing the trial to proceed.
The sentencing marks a significant development in the pursuit of justice for Major Maxwell Mahama and addresses the tragic circumstances surrounding his death. The case has been a focal point, drawing attention to the need for accountability in cases of mob violence and wrongful accusations.