Bishop Daniel Obinim, and two of his pastors, accused of abusing two teenagers during a church service, were on Thursday, bailed by the Accra Circuit Court.
Bishop Obinim, who is the Leader of the International God’s Way Church (IGWC), Pastor Kingsley Baah and Pastor Solomon Abraham were each granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000, with one surety, by the presiding judge, Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku.
In August, Bishop Obinim was alleged to have whipped two teenagers (a male and a female) his adopted children, aged 16 and 14, during a church service because they were alleged to have engaged in fornication which resulted in a pregnancy.
During the church service, Bishop Obinim claimed he had a revelation from God that the two victims had been engaged in premarital sex.
Daniel Obinim announced that “he had been directed by the Holy Spirit to chastise them in front of the whole congregation”.
He immediately subjected the two victims to serious beatings with his black leather belt, in the full glare of the congregation, and was assisted in the beating by Pastor Baah and Pastor Abraham.
The alleged incident, telecast on Bishop Obinim’s television station, OBTV, sparked public outcry, especially when it went viral on the Internet.
Contrary to the Domestic Violence Act (732), Bishop Obinim was charged with physical abuse while the two pastors have been charged with abatement of crime.
The pastor’s lawyer, Mr. Raphael Poku Adusei prayed the court to grant his clients bail because the charges levelled against them were misdemeanors and also he was “certain that they had not committed any offence. He also explained that the trio were popular reverend ministers and would not “hide from anybody’’.
But the prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Abraham Annor, didn’t think so, instead, he presented facts alleging that the incident was reported to the police by a legal practitioner.
The trio pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them, and the case was adjourned to November 24, 2016.