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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 14 May 2015

Source: Chronicle Newspaper

Pastor rapes married woman

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A senior staff of the Christian Council of Ghana in Tamale, James Nahyi, popularly known as "Odenden", has discarded the teachings in the holy Bible and forcibly slept with an unsuspecting married woman (name withheld), who happens to be his former school mate.

The alleged rapist, who was pronounced guilty of the crime by the Paramount Chief of Tamale, Naa Dakpema Alhassan Dawuni, and his elders on January 30th 2015, now has another hurdle to clear, as the angry husband of the victim is now seeking his immediate removal from the Christian Council of Ghana.

James Nahyi was sentenced by the Dakpema for not only flouting the traditional laws of Dagbon, but for causing emotional trauma and distress, as well as defiling the matrimonial oath of the couple, and disrespecting the dignity of the woman.

He was then asked to provide two fowls, a goat, and two bottles of schnapps among others for rituals to appease the land and the gods of Dagbon.

The husband of the victim, (name withheld), a businessman in Kumasi, told The Chronicle that he wanted nothing but stiffer punishment and public exposure to deter the "unremorseful James" from visiting other unsuspecting or innocent married women with his "uncontrolled sexual desire."