Pastor “killer” to appear before court on January 8

Francis Nabegmado, the suspect

Francis Nabegmado, the suspect

Francis Nabegmado, 31, the suspect who allegedly stabbed Rev. David Mankrom Nabegmado, 53, Head Pastor of the Community 4 Central Assembly of God (AG) Church in Tema, to death on Sunday, will appear before the Tema Circuit Court on January 8.

This is because the Judges at Circuit Court A and B are on leave.

During a check by the ‘Ghanaian Times’ at the Court premises yesterday at 9:40am, a source at the court said cases originally due to be heard on the day had been adjourned to the new date.

The court premises was deserted as only a few security men and Clerks were seen on duty.

When contacted the Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent Joseph Benefo-Darkwah, confirmed that police were ready to put the suspect  before court on Wednesday, but they got information that the court would not sit till 8 January.

Rev. David Mankrom Nabegmado, died Sunday after he was stabbed by Francis Nabegmado his nephew.

The incident took place in the Senior Pastor’s office moments before he was due to deliver the sermon on the last Sunday of 2018.

The incident threw the congregation who were putting finishing touches to the 50th anniversary celebration of the church’s founding into bewilderment.

‘The Ghanaian Times’ gathered that around 10am Sunday, Francis a nephew of Rev. Nabegmado, sporting a dark jacket over white pants and holding a  briefcase entered the Reverend Minister’s office.

At the time two other ministers who were interacting with  Rev. Nabegmado left the room so he could have a private conversation with his nephew but instead Francis took advantage of their absence to stab him in the neck and chest with a double edged dagger.

After committing the dastardly act he fled the scene but one of the pastors heard Rev. Nabegmado groaning in pain and went in to see him bleeding profusely and raised the alarm.

Members of the community gave the culprit a hot chase and after a while managed to arrest and hand him over to the police.

Some Good Samaritans quickly rushed Rev. Nabegmado to the Tema General Hospital for treatment but he was pronounced dead on arrival. The body has been deposited at the Tema General Hospital morgue for post mortem examination.

The news of his death was met with uncontrollable wailing by the congregation and other community members who new him.

Francis who is a private security personnel was said to have lived with the deceased for sometime before moving out to fend for himself.

Police retrieved the dagger and other items like matches, a bottle of locally brewed gin and turpentine which were in the briefcase.

Francis after his arrest told reporters at the Tema Regional Police Station that he carried out the act because the deceased seized lesser gods belonging to him (Francis) and all pleas for him to released them failed.

He alleged that his uncle had teamed up with a spiritualist called Musah at Kumbungu in the Northern region to kill him but that failed and he decided to retaliate.

Meanwhile, the General Superintendent of the AG, Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso and the Accra East Regional Secretary of the A G, Rev. Alfred Kweku Akumbie, have visited the church to console with members and the bereaved family.

A statement released Sunday by the church and signed by the General Superintendent of the AG, Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso, urged all to be calm and continue to pray with the church and family.

The deceased was survived by a Wife and four daughters.

From GODFRED B. GIBBAH and KEN AFEDZI, Tema.

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