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We’re not playing any gimmicks in court over Owusu Bempah’s case – Police

The Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori, says it will prosecute the case involving the General Overseer of the Glorious Word Ministry International, Rev. Owusu Bempah to its logical conclusion.

Asked whether the case will travel the full-throttle without it being abandoned, ACP Kwesi Ofori told host Lantam Papanko on GHOne TV that:”All that I can say is that we’re in court and the court is not a playing ground.”

He added: “We are not playing that kind of gimmicks, we’re very serious people…and whatever we put out there is for business purposes, not a joke”

His comment comes after the prosecution in the case served notice of an amendment of the charges.

Commenting on the development, the Director of Public Affairs, ACP Kwesi Ofori said charges could be revised at any given moment, depending on the evidence available.

“It’s not a new thing, it happens in serious cases. Even in the Attorney General’s outfit when charges are preferred against criminals, in high profile cases, in other smaller cases, and all sorts of things, the prosecutor can revise notes based on the evidence available,” he said.

Rev. Owusu Bempah, together with four others are standing trial for six counts including threat of death on Patricia Asiedua Koranteng popularly called Nana Agradaa.

The rest of the accused persons are Mensah Ofori, an associate pastor of Owusu Bempah, Michael Boateng, Frederick Ohene, and Nathaniel Agyekum all being members were together charged with six counts.

They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against them and have since been granted GHC200,000 bail each with two sureties.

While Owusu Bempah and Mensah Ofori were charged with two counts of Offensive Conduct Conducive to the breach of peace and threat of death, the remaining three were also charged with assault on a public officer.

One other person is at large.

In court on Monday, September 20, Chief Inspector Dennis Terkpetey, the prosecutor informed the Court of Prosecution’s intentions to amend their charges.

Chief Inspector Terkpetey, therefore, prayed the court for one-week adjournment to enable the Prosecution to amend the charges and the facts of the case.

This was after lawyers for the accused persons led Gary Nomako Marfo had earlier prayed the court to adjourn the case to October 25.

But the Judge said, should the charges be amended, the plea of the accused persons will have to be retaken, so the case ought to be adjourned for a shorter date.

The parties after consulting their diaries together with the court adjourned the case to October 5, 2021.

Source: Kasapafmonline.com

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