Josephine Panyin Mensah, the 28-year-old lady at the centre of the controversial kidnapping and pregnancy case in Takoradi has pleaded not guilty to two charges levelled against her by the police.

She appeared before a Takoradi Circuit Court A presided over by his honour Michael Cudjoe Ampadu. She was granted a GHC50,000 bail with two sureties to be justified.

She has been charged with deceiving a public officer and publication of false statements with the intent to cause fear and panic.

Western Regional head of prosecutions and legal affairs at the police command who led the prosecutions, Superintendent Emmanuel Basintale, briefing the court said police investigations suggest that the number used by the supposed kidnappers were registered in the name of the accused name Josephine Panyin Mensah Simons

Supt Basintale further told the police that the prosthetics she wore to pretend that she was pregnant was bought at Takoradi market circle at the cost of thirty ghana cedis

He further told the court that the lady visited the Takoradi hospital last year on the 11th of September with lower abdominal pains which she was treated for pelvic inflammatory disease. She has subsequently visited the facility four times with no records of antenatal care.

Supt Basintale prayed the judge to give compelling bail conditions. The accused person Josephine Panyin Mensah was represented in court by five (5) pro bono lawyers.

Lead counsel for the legal team lawyer Philip Fiifi Buckman in his defense told the court to grant his client bail for the fact that the charges levelled against Josephine were not serious offences.

The judge subsequently granted her bail to reappear on October 14.

Source: Ghana/