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Tabloid News of Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Source: GNA

I spiritually punished people who maltreat- a self-confessed wizard

A fifteen-year old boy, (name withheld) threw a packed Circuit Court in Cape Coast into shock and disbelief on Tuesday when he revealed that as a wizard he had afflicted mishaps and severe beatings on a lot of people.

He was in court as the prosecution witness in a case in which his siblings; Juliet Mensah, a 22 year old fish monger at Yamoransa, and brother, Jude Mensah, a 36-year old unemployed, living in Accra, had accused one Mr. Alfred Passaw Quansah, a baker at Yamoransa, of being a wizard and transferring his witchcraft to the boy.

Peeved by the accusation, Mr. Quansah, who was the former landlord of his accusers’ elder Sister, Madam Adwoa Mensima, reported the matter to the police who arrested the two, but their accomplice, one Kwabena Badu bolted.

The boy told the bewildered court that as a wizard, he turned into a goat and fed on left overs at ‘chop bars’ and if maltreated during his expeditions, he retaliated by sending those people at night spiritually to his group to punish them.

“We subjected the person to severe beatings spiritually which would render their faces swollen by morning” he said, and added that he has now been exorcised.

Explaining further, the boy said witches and wizards could turn into goats and any other animal they wished to turn into and when asked where he got the witchcraft, he told the court that it was given to him through food by his landlord about two years ago.

Giving the facts of the case at the court presided over by Mrs. Florence Kai Otu, the Prosecutor, General Sergeant Charles Effah, said that about two years ago, the boy lived with his elder Sister Madam Mensima as tenants in the house of Mr. Quansah at Yamoransa, near Cape Coast.

He said the boy misconducted himself severally, and Mr. Quansah who could no longer stand his behavior evicted his sister from the house, after which the boy relocated to Accra to live with his elder brother Jude Mensah.

The Prosecutor said the boy continued his truancy and bad conduct in Accra, and so Jude Mensah sent him to a prayer camp where it was alleged that the boy was a wizard, and when questioned about the source of his witchcraft he mentioned Mr. Quansah as the one who gave it to him.

This revelation led Mensah and his sister together with Badu to the house of Quansah on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at about 1700hrs and accused him of being a wizard, hooted and mocked him, in an attempt to force him to the said prayer camp.

Mr. Quansah then reported the matter to the police and the accused persons, Juliet and Mensah were arrested, and charged with offensive conduct conducive to the breach of the peace, after investigations.

An uncle of the accused persons who was in court pleaded with the court to discontinue the case to pave the way for an amicable settlement at home but Mr. Quansah agreed on the condition that the spiritualist at the said prayer camp declare him of his innocence.

The accused persons should also apologize and retract their statement that he was a wizard.

Mensah was however remanded in police custody whereas Juliet was granted bail in the sum of GH¢5000 with three sureties for the reason that she was nursing a one-year old baby.

The case has been adjourned until Friday, September 28.