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General News of Monday, 27 November 2000

Source: Graphic (Ben Owusu-Sekyere)

ET son’s case takes another turn

THE case involving Master Jerry Mensah - the son of the Minister of Youth and Sports (in picture) - , who was alleged to have been abducted from school, has now taken a bizarre twist.
Police investigations have established that Master Mensah, a form one student of the Mfantsipim School, indeed concocted the story to escape punishment from the authorities after spending the night with his girlfriend at a popular hotel at Cape Coast.
A police source which disclosed this to Graphic at the weekend, said the kidnapping story was framed by the boy, adding that the signal sent out was misleading.
Throwing more light on the issue, the source said even though Master Mensah made himself available for interrogation, his evidence could not corroborate the kidnapping story.
He said in view of the seriousness of the case, the police carried out a thorough investigation which has established that Master Mensah raised the false alarm to escape punishment.
He said the boy gave conflicting statements about what happened to him at Gomoa Budumburam where he alleged his kidnappers took him.
The source said the police also got in touch with Master Mensah’s girlfriend at the Abuakwa State College at Kyebi, who confirmed that she paid a visit to Cape Coast that fateful day and spent the night there.
It also said a detailed report on the issue has been dispatched to Accra for study, adding that a copy has also been sent to the Headmaster of Mfantsipim for action.
Meanwhile, efforts to get in touch with the Headmaster, Mr C. K. Eshun, to confirm his receipt of the police report proved futile as he had travelled to Accra over the weekend.
But a teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity said the authorities have been briefed about the new development, adding that a decision is yet to be taken on the issue.
It would be recalled that in its October 27 issue, the Graphic carried on its front page a story alleging that Master Jerry Teye Mensah, son of Mr E. T. Mensah, Minister of Youth and Sports, had been abducted by four persons.
In a report made to the school authorities, Master Mensah said he was abducted from school at about 6.30 p.m and released at 3 a.m. the next day at a place near the Gomoa Budumburam Refugee Camp.
He alleged that a woman carrying a baby at her back and standing by a Hyundai Grace van approached him for direction to the headmaster’s bungalow.
Master Mensah alleged that he gave the woman the direction but she insisted that he join the van to take her personally to the place.
He alleged that when he joined the van, three men who were already in the van held his hands, gagged him and sped off to an uncompleted building where a huge man warned him to tell his father that they (father and son) would not be spared the next time, should this year’s elections be rigged.
Master Mensah said he was later dropped off at a place near the refugee camp around 3a.m. and he hired a taxi back to school.