Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Prophet Daniel Nkansah, a 2008 Presidential hopeful and founder of the New Vision Pentecostal Church has filed a motion on notice for stay of execution of his six month jail term pending an appeal.
Prophet Nkansah on June 9, this year was sentenced to his six month jail term by the High Court following a contempt charge.
In his motion, Prophet Nkansah contends that the judgment obtained in a land litigation was fraudulently obtained.
The Court, presided over by Mr. Justice Peter Dei-Offei, found him guilty of disobeying the court’s order with no option of a fine.
This followed many adjournments at the instance of Prophet Nkansah in a land matter before the court. Prophet Nkansah was tried for preventing the applicant, one Madam Sikiratu Obe, from enforcing the substantive judgment she had won against him.
The conviction was based on fact that bailiffs had executed the judgement in favour of the applicant by locking up shops wrongfully erected on her land at Bubuashie, a suburb of Accra.
Prophet Nkansah however organised his boys to forcefully open the shops and he replaced them with new locks thereby preventing Madam Obe from repossessing her property.
Convicting him, the court said it had noted Prophet Nkansah’s arrogance and lack of remorse for his conduct.
The trial judge, however, said he had considered the passionate plea for leniency by his counsel to tamper justice with mercy and accordingly handed him the six-month jail term.
The Presidential hopeful is currently also standing trial at the Accra Circuit Court on an alleged charges of conspiracy and robbery.
Prophet Nkansah was remanded by an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, after the police had accused him of hiding from them when an issue of robbery he was allegedly involved in was reported.
Prophet Nkansah is facing six counts of conspiracy to rob and robbery with his son, Daniel Boahene Nkansah Jnr, and eight others, two of who are currently at large.
They are said to have robbed one Stephen Ped Andam, a tenant in Prophet Nkansah’s store at Atico Junction in Accra on February 1, of his Samsung S4, iPhone, Dell laptop with charger, cheque books, international driver’s license, certificates, iPad 32GB and GH¢55,000.
Prophet Nkansah, in agreement with his son and the 10 others, are also alleged to have made away with a Blackberry Q10 mobile phone and GH¢500 belonging to one Geshon Essel, while another person, Billy Apeku Ken, also claimed his Samsung mobile phone, Dell laptop and GH¢750 were missing.
The fourth complainant, Isaac Tetteh Korgbey, has also accused Nkansah and the 10 others of the disappearance of his Dell laptop and Sony video camera.
One Emmanuel Nana Kwaku Badu has also complained of his missing wallet containing GH¢1,000 and I.D. cards.