Child kidnapper slapped with additional charges


 
More troubles seem to be brewing on the head of a 27-year-old “self-styled,” pastor, Ernest Abotsi (aka) Salasi Koomson, after the Police preferred three similar charges of kidnapping against him in three separate incidents.

The Police have now prepared three different dockets – charge of kidnapping three different minors in three different churches in Accra.

When Abotsi mounted the dock to respond to his plea, he started speaking inaudibly, but the court asked him to rather start thinking about the language in which he was going to respond to his plea, instead of the enchantment.

He was, however, declined bail and subsequently remanded by the court presided over by Ms Ellen Amoah.   

The trial judge noted that the court had the duty of protecting society, especially the vulnerable, including children.       

According to the court, there were series of cases against the accused person, and it was probable that he may commit similar offences if granted bail.   

Abosti has been remanded to re-appear on February 6.

Earlier Mr Augustines Obuor, who represented Abotsi, prayed the court to admit his client to bail, noting that, bail could be granted to Abotsi despite the charges leveled against him.

According to Mr Obuor, although Abotsi was hated by some Ghanaians, he has substantial sureties including his parents to sign the bail bond if granted.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) A. Suleman did not oppose  the bail application in the case in which Abotsi has been accused of kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from the Winners Chapel at the North Industrial Area.

He is alleged to have taken a ransom of GH¢3,000.00.

ASP Suleman, however, prayed the court to add a justification to the bail condition, and consider the fact that there were series of cases being reported against the accused person.   

In another development, Abotsi denied kidnapping a 10-year-old boy at the International Central Gospel Church at Abossey Okai on December 1 last year, and taking a ransom of GH¢3,000.00.

On December 8 of last year, Abosti was said to have again kidnapped an eight-year-old girl at the Winners Chapel at the North Industrial Area and taken a ransom of GH¢3,000.00.

The Police has accused Abotsi and Isaac Atei in another case for allegedly kidnapping a nine- year- old victim at Quodesh Light House Chapel at North Kaneshie.

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