A 31-year-old pastor, Rev. Isaac Newton is cooling off in prison custody after he allegedly raped a member of his church at knife point in his living room at Agona Nyakrom in the Central Region of Ghana.
He was remanded in prison by the Agona Swedru district magistrate court.
While addressing the court, a police sergeant, Emmanuel Agbafe said on May 28 at about 8p.m. the victim and others had attended an all-night prayer meeting. The pastor had told her in confidence that he had a vision about her during the prayer time and the vision it was revealed that her grandmother had given her some evil beads which she was wearing.
He then invited her to his house for counselling and deliverance session.
According to the police sergeant, the victim went to the pastor’s residence the next day at about 8:40 a.m.
When she got there, he instructed her to remove the beads around her waist which she declined, saying she was a married woman.
Angered by the woman’s refusal, Rev Newton was said to have brought out a knife which he used in cutting the bead. After which he forced the victim to his bed, threatening to kill her if she screamed. He then went on to abuse her sexually. After having his way with the woman, the pastor was said to have apologised for his action, begging the victim not to tell anyone about it.
Not moved by the pastor’s plea, the victim reported the case to the Nyakrom Police who gave her a medical report form to go to the hospital and Newton was later arrested and charged to court.
The prosecutor said the case was later referred to the Domestic Violence Victims Support Unit, (DOVVSU), of the Agona Swedru Divisional Police Command, where Newton admitted to the offence.
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