Josephine Panyin Mensah, the woman at the centre of the controversial kidnapping and pregnancy case in the Western Regional capital Takoradi, has pleaded not guilty to two charges levelled against her by the police and granted GH¢50,000 bail.
She appeared before a Takoradi Circuit Court A presided over by his honour Michael Cudjoe Ampadu. She was granted a GH¢50,000 bail with two sureties to be justified.
She has been charged with “deceiving a public officer and publication of false statements with the intent to cause fear and panic.”
Superintendent Emmanuel Basintale, the Western Regional head of prosecutions and Legal Affairs at the Police Command who led the prosecution, in briefing the court disclosed that police investigations suggest the number used by the supposed kidnappers were registered in the name of the accused, Josephine Panyin Mensah Simons.
Supt. Basintale further informed the court that the prosthetics she wore to pretend that she was pregnant was bought at Takoradi Market Circle at the cost of GH¢30.
The leader of the prosecution team also told the court that the Josephine visited the Takoradi Hospital last year on the 11th of September with lower abdominal pains which she was treated for pelvic inflammatory disease. She has subsequently visited the facility four times with no records of antenatal care.
Supt Basintale prayed the judge to give compelling bail conditions. Five (5) pro bono lawyers represented Josephine Panyin Mensah in court.
Lead counsel for the defense legal team, lawyer Philip Fiifi Buckman, told the court to grant his client bail for the fact that the charges levelled against her were not serious offences.
Josephine was subsequently granted bail to reappear on October 14.