An Accra Circuit Court judge, Mrs Abena Oppon Adjin Doku has ordered the senior Pastor and Founder of International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim to appear in court during then next sitting.
According to the judge the excuses for Bishop Obinim’s absence is becoming too much and therefore want to see him during the next adjourn date, June 20.
State prosecutor, DSP George Amega pleaded for more time to enable investigators present the victims to court to testify.
Rev Kojo Adu Boahene, who represented Bishop Obinim, told the court that Bishop Obinim is not feeling well and has been sent to hospital.
Bishop Obinim and two other pastors, Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham have been charged with assault and abetment.
Bishop Obinim has been dragged before the Court for allegedly assaulting two adopted children – a 14 year old girl and a 16 year old boy who lived with him in the presence of his congregation.
They have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been granted bail in the sum of GHC10,000 with one surety each.
The Prosecution narrated that the complainant, Irene Abochie-Nyahe, was a legal practitioner residing at Community 17, Lashibi.
It said on August 17, last year, at about 1700 hours, the Accra Branch of the Church held a service, at which Bishop Obinim claimed he had a revelation from God that the two alleged victims were engaged in pre-marital sex and the 14-year old girl was pregnant.
The prosecution said Obinim said the victim was in the process of aborting the pregnancy, therefore, the Holy Spirit had directed him (Obinim) to chastise the (teenagers) in the presence of the congregation.
In the full glare of the church, Obinim allegedly removed his belt and assaulted them.
In the process, his two pastors, Baah and Abraham, prevented the female victim from running away from the said punishment.
The prosecution said the victim could not bear the pain, hence she sought refuge with Mrs. Florence Obinim, but her husband asked her to stay away.
He said the assault only stopped after Obinim became content with the alleged punishment.