Bigamist Fined GH¢1,200

A Circuit Court in Accra has imposed a fine of GH¢1,200 on a driver, Sylvester Adjetey Okang, over the charge of bigamy.

Okang, 39, in default will spend 12 months in prison.

Okang and three of his siblings, who accompanied him to contract the new marriage, were also sentenced to a fine of GH¢600 each, or in default go to jail for six months.

The three are Salomey Kooley Welbeck, Christiana Adjetey and Joshua Adjetey Laryea, also known as Alla Joshua.

The court pronounced the sentences after the four accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit crime and the Presiding Judge, Mrs Patricia Quansah, had directed that Okang’s sentences should run concurrently.

The court further nullified the marriage between Okang and his new found love, Bernice Opo-kuwaa.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sarah Acquah, prosecuting, told the court that the complainant Martha Okang and Okang were legally married and blessed with two children.

She said in 2013, Okang, then living with the complainant and their two children deserted his home at Nungua and relocated to Awoshie.

Okang and his siblings, according to prosecution, went ahead to perform the engagement ceremony between Bernice Opokuawaa and Okang, and on August 3, held a wedding ceremony between Okang and Bernice at a church in Accra.

The prosecution said Okang and Bernice had earlier on registered their marriage at the Registrar-General’s Department, where the two accused persons signed as witnesses.

On September 3, this year, the complainant visited Okang at his work place at La Trade Fair Centre, where she had information that Okang had wedded another woman.

ASP Acquah said the complainant lodged a complaint with the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit in Accra, and the accused persons were arrested.—GNA

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