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30.07.2004 Crime & Punishment

Pastor escapes after raping married woman

By GNA

Akim Achiase, July 30, GNA- Pastor Stephen Quansah of the African Faith Tabernacle Church at Akim Achease, who claimed he could make a married woman have a child, fled into the bush when he was confronted over the raping of the woman at a hotel at Akim Oda.

A Police source at Akim Achiase told the Ghana News Agency at Akim Oda on Thursday, that for sometime now the woman, whose name has been withheld had been having a series of miscarriages.

He said the husband therefore, took her to the pastor's Prayer Camp at Akim Achiase where it was agreed that the husband would pay the Pastor a fee of 400,000 cedis if he was able make the woman give birth successfully.

The source said a few days later, Pastor Quansah invited the woman to his camp and gave her a concoction which he claimed cost 30,000 cedis and later asked her to accompany him to Akim Oda to collect the money from her husband.

On the way, Pastor Quansah told the woman that he saw a taxi belonging to the husband parked at a place and asked the woman to talk to his driver.

The source said from there, he took the woman to a popular hotel at Oda where Quansah bought drinks and some food, which the woman refused to partake.

It said after Quansah had drank and ate the food, he invited the woman to a room in the hotel and there, he read the bible after which he undressed himself, pushed the woman onto the bed and forcibly had sex with her and detained her till the next day.

The source said the woman, however, failed to reveal her ordeal to her husband until some days later a friend of the husband told him what he saw.

When confronted, the woman denied the report so the husband later invited some family members and confronted the wife on the issue where she confessed that the pastor had indeed raped her in the hotel. The source said the husband, together with the family members, left to Achiase to confront the Pastor but before they could sit over the issue, Quansah escaped.

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