Madam Josephine Panyin Mensah, 27, who is on trial for publishing fake news and misleading a public official, claimed in court on Tuesday that she never made a statement to the police after being apprehended and taken to the police station. The contentious pregnancy and kidnapping drama in Takoradi centers around Josehine. It should be recalled that after the accused was located, she was afterwards sent to the Takoradi Central Authorities station, where the police asserted that they obtained her statement. Josephine, however, insisted at Takoradi Circuit Court A during cross-examination that she never made any statements to Ghana Police Service employees.
Police Inspector Robert Yawson, the prosecutor, then informed the court that there had been no objections to the court’s acceptance of her statement as an exhibit. He claims that she also testified in court that, contrary to what was said, she had no contact with the Axim hospital’s medical staff when she was admitted there. She replied negative when the prosecutor asked if she had told the Axim hospital’s medical staff that she had faked her kidnapping and pregnancy. She acknowledged that she was transferred from the Axim Government Hospital to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, where she underwent testing. She, however, denied ever speaking to any of the doctors at the Regional Hospital, including a medical officer by the name of Dr. Samuel Agyeman.
“Do you know that before medication is issued at the hospital, medical staff would contact with the patient,” the prosecutor said. Although the accused gave an affirmative response, she claimed there was no interaction in her case. The prosecutor then asked the defendant to read a statement that was marked Exhibit “AA8” in court and that he claimed was based on her interactions with the doctors. However, the accused’s attorney, Mr. Fiifi Buckman, objected and said the document had not been produced by the defendant. He questioned why the defendant should read what she had not provided. The Prosecutor was urged to proceed when the judge upheld the objection. The case will now be heard on August 11, 2022.
Josephine Panyin Mensah is in court on two counts of deceiving a public officer contrary to section 251 (B) of the Criminal Offences Act and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and panic contrary to section 208 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act but had maintained a position of kidnap and pregnancy contrary to doctors’ report stating otherwise.