THE CASE, in which the head Pastor of the Faith Word Ministry is alleged to have kissed and fondled the breast of his female church member, has been adjourned to October 25 for the trial to begin.
The accused person, Pastor Edmund Karikari Agyei, was reported to have committed the act on 18-year-old Angela Nartey under the pretext of praying for the victim at Nii-Boi Town, a suburb of Accra.
At the last adjourned date, the prosecutor, Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire, told the court that Pastor Agyei told Angela that he had a revelation about her hence, the meeting for the prayers.
He denied the offence and was granted bail by the court presided over by Mrs. Ruby Naa Adjeley Quayson, in the sum of GH¢ 10,000.00 with two sureties, one to be a public servant earning not less than GH¢ 1,000.00
His bail was granted after Andrew Vortia, lawyer for the accused, had disputed the assertions of the prosecution and had argued that the police’ own facts, showed that his client allegedly applied oil on the navel of Angela who had complained of some issue, and not her vagina.
The facts of the case as presented to the court were that that Angela is a student living with her mother and siblings at Chantan, Accra, and are members of the church headed by pastor Agyei.
On July 26, 2016 after the close of a prayer meeting the accused told the complainant’s mother that he had a revelation about the complainant (her daughter) and requested to meet her.
Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire said, on August 30, the pastor called Angela and her mother on phone about the matter and that at 4pm the same day, the complainant went to see the accused on the instruction of her mother.
According to him, while conversing in the room with pastor Agyei, he told Angela that he had another revelation about her having pains in her lower abdomen. Pastor Agyei as a result, brought anointing oil, ordered Angela to sit in the three-in-one sofa, and she obliged.
The accused then folded the sweater of the complainant upwards, pulled the pair of trousers Angela was wearing a bit downwards and administered the oil on her navel and abdomen.
The prosecutor said after that he raised Angela from the sofa and held her tightly, fondled her breast and kissed her.
A report was lodged at the police station, leading to the arrest of pastor Agyei who in his caution statement, admitted the offence.
Source: Daily Heritage
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