The founder of International Godsway Church Bishop Daniel Obinim and his two associate pastors, Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham have been sentenced to a GHc12,000 fine for assaulting two teenagers.
An Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppon Adjin Doku found him guilty of assault and infringing on the rights of the teenagers, while the two pastors were charged with abetment of crime.
Bishop Obinim was dragged before the Court for allegedly assaulting two adopted children – a 14 year old girl and a 16 year old boy who lived with him in the presence of his congregation.
The Prosecution narrated that the complainant, Irene Abochie-Nyahe, was a legal practitioner residing at Community 17, Lashibi.
Prosecution added that on August 17, last year, at about 1700 hours, 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 and the 14-year old girl was pregnant.
The prosecution said Obinim said the victim was in the process of aborting the pregnancy, therefore, the Holy Spirit had directed him (Obinim) to chastise the (teenagers) in the presence of the congregation.
In the full glare of the church, Obinim allegedly removed his belt and assaulted them.
In the process, his two pastors, Baah and Abraham, prevented the female victim from running away from the said punishment.
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The prosecution said the victim could not bear the pain, hence she sought refuge with Mrs. Florence Obinim, but her husband asked her to stay away.
He said the assault only stopped after Obinim became content with the alleged punishment.