An Accra Circuit Court will today sentence a fetish priest convicted yesterday, for defrauding a Prestea-based trader of GH¢21,540.00 under the pretext of doubling to GH¢80,000.00 for the complainant but failed.
Benjamin Doe, also known as Ben Doe (fetish priest) at Adjen Kotoku, near Medie in the Greater Accra Region, initially demanded GH¢8,000.00 from the complainant, Mr. Joseph Acquah, to double it to GH¢80,000, and later collected GH¢13,540.00 to buy items to consult and pacify the gods.
But the court, presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, gave him time to refund the GH¢8,000.00 he collected earlier to the complainant, before the court could determine his fate today following pleadings by his counsel, Mr. George Asomanney, to tamper justice with mercy.
According to prosecution, the fetish priest mentioned the names of his gods as “Abonsam Sika”, “Sika Duro”, “Dry pockets”, as well as “Money doubling”, and asked the complainant to choose the god he wanted to solicit help from.
Mr. Acquah expressed interest in the god which could double his amount for him to revive his business which had not been flourishing for some time now.
The court head that the complainant, a trader, saw an advert of the fetish priest on Amansa TV in February 2015, claiming that he could help people grow their business, and splashed his telephone number on the screen for those in need to contact him.
Mr. Acquah called the convict and he directed him (Acquah) to his (convict) house at Adjen Kotoku so the complainant travelled from Prestea to Accra and met the fetish priest, who showed him his gods and the work each of the four gods did for clients upon consultation.
The prosecution stated that the complainant opted for “doubling of money” and the convict succeeded in collecting various sums at different times to the tune of GH¢21,540.00 to increase to GH¢80,000.00, but failed to live up to his promises.
Mr. Acquah reported Doe to the police when he exhausted all avenues to retrieve his money from him.
Mr. Tandoh said that prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt and as such Ben Doe had been found culpable and deferred sentence to today.
By Castro Zangina-Tong