The case of Apostle Kwabena Owusu Adjei of the Hezekiah Prayer Ministry, who allegedly threatened the life of Madam Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, has been adjourned to May 17.
The Court presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Essandoh adjourned the matter after Sergeant Kofi Frimpong announced that he was holding brief for Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare.
Adjei, who is being held on charges of threat of death, unlawful possession of narcotic plants, assault on a public officer, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution’s argued that the complainant, Madam Jean Mensa on June 5, 2021, reported to the police that whilst executing her statutory duties as Electoral Commissioner, Adjei threatened her life.
The prosecution said based on that, the complainant was interviewed by the police and his statement recorded.
ASP Asare said on June 9, 2020, intelligence led to the arrest of Adjei at GREDA Estate in Teshie, while he was granting an interview to a team of journalists in relation to a video he posted on social media.
He said the accused, in the said video, threatened to cause the death of Mrs. Mensa.
Subsequently, prosecution said a search conducted on Adjei revealed one infinix 5 mobile phone, a black wallet containing GH₵29, and a Voter ID Card.
He said: ”also found on the accused was a brown waist pack which contained, among other things, one mobile charger, two suspected aphrodisiacs labelled Mr. Q, one brown smoking XL paper, and wrapped dried leaves suspected to be a narcotics.”
The prosecution said after the inventory was taken, Adjei admitted ownership of the items.
Meanwhile, investigations revealed that within the past four years, Adjei accompanied a group, which occasionally visited an orphanage by name of Jehovah Rapha Foundation located at Suhum in the Eastern Region, to make donations.
The prosecution said in order to facilitate the commission of “this crime and also put the complainant in fear of death, on June 4, 2020, the accused and five others, including a presenter from Otumfuo TV Station, visited the orphanage to donate few items, including cooked rice and face masks.”
The prosecution said further investigations disclosed that Adjei, while at the orphanage with the group, made a video of himself and in the video, he threatened to cause the death of Jean Mensa.
According to the prosecution, a careful analysis of the video disclosed the usage of abusive, threatening, and insulting language against the complainant.
The prosecution said Adjei’s video was circulated on social media and on June 9, 2020, he was located at Greda Estate at Teshie.
It said on June 17, last year the dried leaves were sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory, and on June 22, results from the laboratory tested positive for “Delta–9 tetra hydro cannabinol and cannabinol.”
The prosecution said the police were waiting for the transcription of the videotape of the accused.