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Maadwoa case: Defence counsel questions forensic testing of alleged murder weapon

The defence counsel, Yahaya Seidu, subjected police operations to scrutiny during the cross-examination of Inspector Samuel Agyei, a second prosecution witness

Drama unfolded on Wednesday (7 February) at the High Court during the trial of police inspector Ahmed Twumasi accused of murdering his girlfriend in Adum, Kumasi.

The defence counsel, Yahaya Seidu, subjected police operations to scrutiny during the cross-examination of Inspector Samuel Agyei, a second prosecution witness from the anti-robbery unit of the Ghana Police Service.

Testifying before the court, Inspector Agyei detailed the arrest operation, emphasising the retrieval of the alleged murder weapon from the [suspect’s] girlfriend’s room in Effiduase Zongo in the Ashanti Region.

However, defence counsel Seidu raised eyebrows, questioning the absence of confirmation regarding forensic testing on the firearm, casting doubt on the investigation’s thoroughness.

The intense cross-examination also delved into doubts about the witness’s role in the arrest operation, with Seidu challenging the reliability of the evidence presented. But the witness insisted that he took part in the operation.

“We were five in number”, the officer stated. “Two stayed in the hotel room while three of us went [to the bush] with his girlfriend. She called the suspect on the phone, he came out from the bush, and we got him arrested. We went with Pragya [autorickshaw] and one of us was riding it”.

“I was even sitting close to him when we were in a vehicle and I even used my phone to call somebody for him”, he recounted.

The deceased, Victoria Dapaah aka Maadwoa was shot dead in April last year, leading to the arrest of the suspect. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.

The Rosemarie Baah-Tosu court has since adjourned the case to 20 February 2024 for cross-examination to continue.

Reporting by Jonathan Ofori, High Court, Kumasi

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