Bishop Daniel Obinim
The trial of Bishop Daniel Obinim, founder of Godsway International Ministry and his two associate pastors – Kingsley Baah and Kofi Akwetey – at an Accra High Court for allegedly vandalizing property belonging to Hot Fm, an Accra-based radio station after assaulting its radio panellist, has been adjourned for the second time.
This was due to the absence of Obinim who was reported to be unwell and had sent a medical report to the court presided over by Justice Abdulai Iddrisu.
Isaac Adu, a junior colleague of Ata Akyea, counsel for the accused persons, also informed the court about the condition of the bishop after Kingsley Baah and Kofi Akwetey entered the dock when the case was called.
The trial judge consequently had the case adjourned to May 15, 2014.
The accused persons reportedly vandalized property including transmitters and amplifiers to the tune of GH¢130,580.
Kwame Ntim Katakyie, host of the programme, Nya Asem Hwe, on Hot Fm had concluded his examination-in-chief and was being cross-examined by counsel for Obinim.
He told the court that Obinim held the crowbar in his hand and tried to hit him and in an attempt to grab it he was overpowered and hit by the bishop.
According to him, he had to seek treatment abroad as a result and was expected to bring along with him documents of his visit to Nice in France to support his evidence.
Shadrack Adu, the host of the programme, was the first to testify in the case but he later failed to appear to be cross-examined so his evidence had to be expunged.
The suspects have been charged with unlawful entry, causing unlawful damage, causing harm, conspiracy to commit assault, assault and three additional counts.
They denied any wrongdoing and have been granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000, with two sureties.
By Fidelia Achama
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