Obinim and his associates fined for assault

Obinim and his associates fined for assault

- Bishop Obinim and his associates have been fined GHC12,000 for assaulting 2 teenagers

- They were also ordered to sign a bond to be of good behavior for the next 12 months

- Obinim's two associates, Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham, were charged with abetment

The founder of the International Godsway Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, and two associates of his, have been fined GHC12,000 for assaulting two teenagers.

Information available to indicates that following their pleas of guilt with explanation, each of them will spend six months in jail if they default on the payment.

The court also ordered the accused persons to sign a bond to be of good behavior for the next 12 months.

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“We are satisfied and the court has done justice to the case. My client has learnt his lessons,” Obinim’s lawyer said.

Bishop Obinim was dragged before the Court for allegedly assaulting two adopted children in the presence of his congregation; a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy who lived with him.

He is said to have committed the act with two of his pastors, Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham. The two were therefore charged with abetment.

They were on a GH¢10,000 bail each until judgement was given on Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

According to the prosecution, the complainant, Irene Abochie-Nyahe, was a legal practitioner residing at Community 17, Lashibi.

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On August 17, 2016, at about 5pm, the Accra Branch of the church held a service, at which Bishop Obinim claimed he had a revelation from God that the two alleged victims were engaged in pre-marital sex resulting in the 14-year old girl being pregnant.

The prosecution went on to say Obinim claimed the victim was in the process of aborting the pregnancy, and as such, the Holy Spirit directed him to chastise them in the presence of the congregation.

According to the prosecution, in the full glare of the church, Obinim allegedly took off his belt and assaulted them.

His two pastors, Baah and Abraham, allegedly prevented the female victim from running away from the punishment.

He said the assault only stopped after Obinim became content with the alleged punishment.

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