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Disgraceful… Man of God dragged to court for bigamy

Disgraceful… Man of God dragged to court for bigamy

Pastor Abraham Johannes Williams of Joy Assembly of God Church at Syke Street yesterday reached the well of Magistrate Court No.4 on allegation that he has married a second wife.

The accused was charged with Bigamy contrary to section 57 of the offences against the persons Act 1861.

Saque Kamada, lawyer for the prosecution, told the court his witness was present and wants to take the witness box.

Hannah Williams, in her testimony told the court that she is a businesswoman.  She said she recognized the accused as her legal husband. She said she recalled the incident that took place on 17 May 2008 at the Registry Building on Walpole Street Freetown.

That on the 16th May 2008, she was at her residence at Calaba Town when she was informed that her husband was getting married to another woman called Prophet Beatrice Yvonne, Alias Aunty B of End Times Ministry Church along Aberdeen Ferry Drive.

The witness said she did not take the information serious because she trusted the accused.

“My Lord, despite the misunderstanding, I used to trust the accused as my husband,” she said.

“After getting the information that my husband was about to marry a second wife, I asked him but he denied woefully.”

The witness furthered that on 17th May, she received another call that her husband was at the Registry to fix up his documents with his new wife. “I went to the Registry with one Pastor Mathew, a friend of the accused, but did not meet them there,” she continued.

When asked whether she enquired about the alleged married that took place, she replied in the affirmative.

She said after her findings at the Registry, she went to one Pastor Gobeh, who is her God witness to explain to him, but was advised to exercise restraint and investigate the issue.

At this juncture of her testimony it was requested that the matter be adjourned for continuation of testimony at a latter date.

Lawyer Kamanda told Magistrate Binneh Kamara that Sierra Leoneans are becoming notorious in carrying out such offences in society.  That it should not be encouraged at all.

Radcliff A Jones, who acts as defense lawyer applied for bail for the accused pursuant to section 79 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1965,

“My Lord,” he said, “the accused person is a Sierra Leonean and a resident of Freetown. He has credible and respectable people ready to stand as sureties for him.”

He said his client is a man of God and has no intention to jump bail or interfere with prosecution witnesses as was alleged.

Bail was therefore granted in the sum of Le 5M and one surety in like sum.

Surety should be a citizen of Sierra Leone and must provide two passport size pictures.

That bail should be approved by the Deputy Assistant Master and Registrar.

The matter was adjourned for further hearing.

By Arthwah Maddie

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