25.08.2004 Crime & Punishment

Pastor remanded for indecent assault

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Tema, Aug. 25, GNA - The Circuit Court 'A' in Tema has remanded a 49-year-old pastor who indecently assaulted two young girls aged 16 and 18, in his house at Community Five, Tema.

Noah Darko Danquah pleaded not guilty and will re-appear on September 7, 2004.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector Sarah Aggrey Acquah told the court presided over by Mr Charles Asiedu that, on February 2, 2004, at about 2000 hours, the two victims, one of whom was pregnant, were invited by the pastor to his house for prayers.

Insp Acquah said when the two victims went to the pastor's house he requested them to bring a bucket full of water.

The prosecution stated that, the pastor then poured anointing oil into the water and asked them to strip themselves naked to enable him bath them.

Insp Acquah said during the bathing, the pastor fondled their breasts of the victims and washed their private parts.

He said on February 27, the uncle of one of the victims reported the matter to the Tema Community Two Police.

Insp Acquah said the pastor was arrested but he jumped police enquiry bail but the surety who later produced him.

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