A mason has been slapped with a seven-year jail term for defiling a 13-year-old girl resulting in her pregnancy. Emmanuel Gyau, had chanted incantations on February 20, 2014 in his bid to "spiritually influence" the trial judge but that did not yield any positive results.
Major Bessah (retd) is alleged to have connived with Akwasi Asare Jnr, a clerk of the Judicial Service, and Charlotte Ofori, a typist at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), to forge the said divorce certificate.- See more at: http://graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/18730-retired-army-officer-in-hot-waters-for-serving-wife-with-fake-divorce-certificate.html#sthash.OmRMm0Pz.dpuf
He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing forged
judicial/official document, contrary to Section 166 of Act 29/60, and
uttering of forged document, contrary to Section 169 of Act 29/60.
Asare has been charged with one count of forgery of judicial
document, while Charlotte is facing one count of abetment of crime.
They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The retired Army officer and the other accused persons are expected
to reappear before the court, presided over by Ms Audrey Korcuvi-Tay, on
March 7, 2014.
Facts of the Case
According to the prosecution, the complainant got married to Major
Bessah (retd) on October 12, 2002, under ordinance and had since been
living together as a couple.
In October 2013, the complainant was in her room when Major Bessah
(retd) entered, threw a divorce certificate at her and directed her to
pack out of their matrimonial home for no reason.
The complainant read through the divorce certificate, dated January
5, 2010 and notarised by the Second Deputy Judicial Secretary.
According to the prosecution, the divorce certificate shocked the
complainant because she had not been notified of any divorce and had
also not participated in any divorce proceedings in any court.
She, therefore, contacted her lawyers, who reported the matter to the police.
Investigations revealed that the purported suit No. CC333/10 on the
divorce certificate, which was filed at the Circuit Court, was found to
have been signed by a High Court judge, Mr Justice Ofosu Quartey.
It also came up during investigations that Justice Quartey had not
sat on any such divorce case, while the suit number could also not be
found at the Circuit Court registry.
Outcome of investigations
Police investigations uncovered that both the Deputy Judicial
Secretary and the Chief Registrar of the Circuit Court had no knowledge
of the said divorce certificate.
Asare, in his caution statement, claimed Charlotte had given him the
job and told him it was a mere document meant to facilitate visa
But Major Bessah (retd) has denied the claims of the two accused
persons and insisted he had gone for the divorce certificate after
paying the required statutory fee.
The prosecution’s position is that Bessah “knew that he and his wife
had not appeared before any court, yet went ahead to serve the wife with
the document, amidst orders to vacate the premises”.
The premises in the context refer to the matrimonial home of Bessah and the complainant.