Evangelist Jailed 7 Yrs For Sodomy

A Self-acclaimed evangelist was yesterday  sentenced to seven years imprisonment in hard labour for sodomising a 12-year-old boy.

Benjamin Bandong, 22, a trader, pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Ellen Amoah.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Veronica Rexy Ofei, told the court that the victim (pupil) who resides at Ogbojo, a suburb of Madina with his grandmother, (name withheld), is the complainant.

She  said sometime in September, last year, the accused  met the victim after church at the Charismatic Worship Centre and  introduced himself to  him as an evangelist and requested him to be his friend.

The prosecutor said the victim obliged and the two became friends following which the accused invited him to his house.

The prosecution said, when the victim honoured the invitation, and he and the accused were in the room, the latter locked the door and forcibly had sex with the victim through his anus.

The accused, according to the prosecutor, warned the victim not to disclose his conduct to any one, after which he went to the complainant’s house and introduced himself to her as an evangelist and a friend to the grandson.

Chief Inspector Ofei said since then, the complainant continued to allow her grandson to visit the evangelist in his house.

The prosecutor said on December 28, 2013, the accused went to the complainant’s house where he saw the 12 –year- old boy lying on a student mattress in a store in front of the house.

The court was told that Benjamin went to him, in the store, pulled out his (victim’s) penis and started licking it but was caught in the act by a witness in the case who went into the store to pick an item.

She said the victim was questioned by the complainant who later lodged a complaint with the police after he had narrated his ordeal to her.

The prosecutor said a police medical form was issued to the victim to be examined at the hospital and based on that, the accused was charged with the offence.

In passing sentence, Madam Amoah said the sentence should serve as a warning and an eye opener to those engaged in such acts in secrecy.

“This should be a warning to those who commit such crimes in hiding and think they would never be caught or there are no punishments for them, because one day would surely be their turn,” she said. By Linda Aryeetey

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