- Josephine Mensah pleaded not guilty to the charges she was slapped with
- She was charged for deceiving a public officer and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and panic
- Her not guilty plea bargain comes despite her confession to not being pregnant and faking her pregnancy
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The Takoradi woman at the centre of the controversial pregnancy and kidnapping case, Josephine Panyin Mensah, has pleaded not guilty.
In her first appearance in court on Monday, September 27, 2021, Josephine told the court that she is not guilty despite claims by the police that she confessed to faking her kidnapping and pregnancy.
She was arraigned before a Takoradi Harbour Circuit Court A in the Western Region.
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In a report filed by Citinews, the woman appeared calm when she was brought in to the court at 6:00 am to stand trial.
She is reportedly facing two charges of deceiving a public officer and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and panic.
According to a similar report filed by 3news, she has been granted a bail of GH¢50,000 with two sureties.
Takoradi woman confessed to not being pregnant
Josephine Mensah has finally confirmed not being pregnant after several tests proved she wasn't.
She confessed to a team of Police psychologists and Health workers attending to her at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
According to her, she faked her pregnancy after losing her real pregnancy in the fourth month due to the special treatment her husband was giving her.
Takoradi woman wasn't pregnant
Prior to her confession, the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, revealed that the found woman who was allegedly kidnapped while pregnant was not.
According to him, preliminary investigation and examination by a medical doctor in charge of the kidnapped lady in the Western Region revealed she was not pregnant.
The regional minister stated that initial investigations by the BNI indicate the story of the kidnapping was fake.
Josephine can still plead not guilty despite her confession
Seeking clarity on the Takoradi woman's plea bargain in court, a lawyer who spoke to YEN.com.gh on grounds of anonymity said, she can plead not guilty to the charges she was slapped with.
According to the lawyer, Josephine's confession has nothing to do with her plea bargain.
He said Josephine was not the one who reported the case to the police that she had been kidnapped so with the charge of deceiving a public officer, she clearly can plead not guilty to that.