The 50-year-old Pastor of the 12 Apostles Church, accused of defiling a four-year-old girl in Asuokaw, Eastern Region, which resulted in her death, was intoxicated at the time of the incident, according to his lawyer.
As a result, his lawyer has argued that he should be charged with manslaughter rather than murder.
Isaac Bowe Gyasi, the pastor, is accused of luring the girl to his bathroom before defiling the deceased.
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He was charged with murder and remanded in custody by the Accra High Court.
According to state prosecutors, the incident resulted in the girl’s untimely death..
On Friday, his lawyer, David Owusu Tachie, presented a defense in his bail application via a Justice For All Virtual Court session (July 22, 2022).
The attorney contended that his client, who had been imprisoned since 2018, was intoxicated at the time of the incident and that the murder charge could be reduced to manslaughter.
As a result, counsel asked the court, presided over by Justice Clemence Honyenuga, a Justice of the Supreme Court sitting as an additional High Court judge, to grant bail to the accused.
The state, led by Assistant State Attorney Yvonne Dacosta, opposed the application, claiming that the pastor fled after committing the alleged crime and that if granted bail, Gyasi would be unable to appear in court.
The court later denied the bail application based on the circumstances surrounding the four-year-old victim’s untimely death.
The prosecution was ordered by the court to expedite the processes required for the trial to begin within one month.
Equal Justice for All
Gyasi’s case was one of 60 virtual hearings held as part of the Justice For All Programme (JFAP), an initiative to decongest Ghana’s prisons.
The Judicial Service organizes the JFAP, which is facilitated by the POS Foundation, a civil society organization.
All 60 cases heard by Justice Honyenuga and Justice Angelina Mensah-Homiah, a court of appeal judge, were from the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, where the majority of the accused are housed.
Three of the 60 cases heard during the one-day virtual sitting were unconditionally discharged after spending more than three years behind bars without a trial.
27 of the accused were granted bail, while the other 23 cases were dismissed by the two courts.
Six of the bail applications were denied, and one suspect was referred to a mental hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
At the conclusion of the virtual session, the Chairman of the JFAP National Steering Committee, Justice Clemence J. Honyenuga, stated that the program will focus on the Ho Central prison for the virtual court session.