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General News of Thursday, 3 November 2011

Source: myjoyonline

Fetish priest jailed for raping pregnant woman

The Mpraeso Circuit Court has sentenced a 31-year-old fetish priest to 10 years in prison for raping a pregnant woman under the guise of cleansing her of a spiritual attack.

The fetish priest, John Tiagbe, had told the victim that if she failed to allow herself to be cleansed, she and her unborn baby would die.

The incident was reported to have taken place on the 15th of January this year when Tiagbe asked the pregnant woman to bring a bottle of akpeteshie (a local gin), thread, corn dough and water for the purification rites.

Prosecutors informed the court, presided over by Justice Kwaku Osei that the accused person took the pregnant woman to a farm at Abetikope to perform the rituals; however on reaching the farm, he asked the pregnant woman to have sex with him.

When she refused, Tiagbe threatened her with madness and eventually death if she failed to obey. The accused then forced himself on the pregnant woman and forcibly had sex with her on the cassava farm.

Justice Kwaku Osei in passing the sentence warned the accused and others to desist from such practice or they will be dealt with just like Tiagbe.