A self-styled pastor and public bath house attendant, Kofi Adams, who allegedly sodomised a 17-year-old university student under the pretext that he was driving out evil spirits from her, has appeared in court.
The suspect, known as Pastor Michael, 27, allegedly took the student through a bizarre spiritual bath in an hotel in Accra with a bottle of water and purportedly inserted his fingers into the vagina of the student while shouting that the spirits should desert the victim.
He was put before an Accra circuit court presided over by Mrs. Rita Budu-Agyemang.
He was charged with indecent assault and unnatural carnal knowledge of the victim, but he denied the charges.
He has been remanded in police custody to re-appear on March 11, 2015.
The prosecuting officer, ASP Sarah Acquah, said the victim, who is the complainant, had been experiencing some spiritual attacks and was introduced to the suspect as someone who could help.
She said the accused person had been giving help to the victim through spiritual directions and advising her to give alms to the poor among other things. He also gave her some creams to rob on her legs and sometimes soap to bath with.
According to ASP Sarah Acquah, on February 1, 2015 the accused lured the complainant to an hotel (name withheld) at Katamanto in Accra for a spiritual bath where he paid GH¢20 for a room and invited the victim to go in with him.
The prosecutor said the suspect made the victim to undress while he brought out local sponge and soap to bath her and drive away the evil spirits haunting her.
In addition, she said the suspect first opened the taps and realized they were not flowing so he poured some of the bottled mineral water he had on her buttocks and then proceeded to insert his fingers into her vagina.
The police officer stated that after pouring the water all over her, Michael then poured some oil on the lady’s feet while he had his clothes on and started commanding the spirits to come out as he embraced the victim tightly.
Narrating further, ASP Sarah Acquah told the court that the suspect held the victim’s arms tightly and then a few minutes later, stood behind her, touched her buttocks and then pulled out his male organ.
The prosecutor said the accused person then told the victim that he was acting under the orders of the Holy Ghost and then pushed his penis into the anus of the student who struggled to resist him but the man overpowered her.
The police officer said that a few minutes later the self-imposed pastor left the victim, went home and got dressed, adding that the victim went and narrated her ordeal to her mother and a complaint was lodged leading to the arrest of the accused person.
ASP Sarah Acquah stated that the suspect admitted fingering the victim.
By Fidelia Achama
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