… Police CID reveals
By Helena Selby
It has come to the notice of an Accra Circuit Court trying the Founder and General Overseer of Jesus Blood Prophetic Ministry International, Kofi Yirenkyi a.k.a “Jesus One Touch,” for allegedly defiling his daughter, that the accused person initially, pleaded with the police to allow him resolve the issue amicably at home.
Giving evidence before the court presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah-Datsa, a court witness, Mohammed Ali Bala, noted that the quest of the accused person in resolving the issue behind closed doors fell on deaf ears, as the police were bent on prosecuting the case before a court of law.
The intention of the accused was revealed in a police statement written by the accused person, and read in open court by the witness, who disclosed during the last court sitting that it was one Efo, who inserted his finger into the victim’s vagina, and not the accused person.
The witness however, admitted that the victim was indeed defiled, and not fingered as he said in his previous evidence before the court.
During cross-examination by a State Attorney, Madam Helen Kwawukume, Bala told the court that he was a station officer at the Akropong police station, and that he only helped the police officers carry out their duties.
When the prosecutor referred him to the police station dairy, witness noted that the station diary was not kept by him, and that his works in the CID office, which does not keep custody of the station diary.
The witness, who is a Detective Inspector, however, explained that he was always not in the office, since he travels a lot, stressing that he is only briefed by the officer at the station when he arrives from a trip, and that as far as he could remember, he only made two entries of “when they were sent to arrest the accused, whom they didn’t meet on their arrival, and when the accused decided to turn himself in.”
The witness said he chose to be an individual witness due to the seriousness of the case, and that he had been given a subpoena by his boss, which allows him to be a witness. However, the prosecutor said there was no need for him to be a witness, since the wife of the accused person was able to be a witness.
The case was therefore adjourned to January 20, 2011 for the judgment of the case.
Kofi Yirenkyi is standing two counts of defilement and incest, and he had pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him before the court, presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah-Datsa. He is currently in police custody.
The facts of the case are that the victim, who was born out of wedlock, lived with the complainant, Madam Bernice Owiredu Asmaa, until 2005, when she left to live with the accused person at McCarthy Hills in Accra to attend school.
According to the prosecution, between 2008 and 2009, the accused started defiling the victim before every church service.
In November 2009, the accused granted the victim’s mother the opportunity to talk to her, because she was putting up bad behaviour, the prosecutor told the court.
According to the prosecutor, it was during the interaction that the victim revealed her ordeal to the complainant, who reported the case to the police, adding that the police gave her a form for a medical checkup.
Nana Yirenkyi was later arrested and put before court.