Man gets 10 yrs for attempting to kill Mahama

The 36-year-old man, who was arrested last Sunday at the Ringway Gospel Center branch of the Assemblies of God Church where President John Mahama and Chief Justice Georgina Wood worship, has been handed a 10-year jail sentence.

He was slapped with the sentence on Tuesday, July 28 after he confessed plotting to kill the president.

The unemployed man was charged for unlawful possession of fire arm after he was arrested at Ringway Gospel Assemblies of God Church where president John Mahama and his family worship.

Lead prosecutor, Supt. Frank Baah told the court the suspect illegally possessed a cocked locally manufactured double barrel pistol with two rounds of ammunition which was found on him after he appeared fidgety at the church, praying the court for more time to investigate the matter.

The suspect however pleaded not guilty after his shocking confession that he went to the church with the aim of killing the president.

The native of Brong Ahafo, also told the court he bought the pistol from a Burkinabe in Nkoranza.

He cited bad governance, unstable power supply, economic hardship as his reasons for harboring his plans, after which he surprisingly said he once made an attempt to seek audience with then President Mills before his death but this never happened.  

Charles Antwi argued former president Rawlings killed, went to prison came back and became president so he could also do same.

He said he was directed to the president’s church by a soldier after persistently visiting the castle demanding to  to see him.

He told the court, he had been at the presidents church on four different occasions.

Charles Antwi confessed, he saw the president on his first day but did not have the pistol, however in all three subsequent visits, he brought the pistol only to meet his absence.

After his submission, he was found guilty with the charge of a second degree felony.

Trial judge, Justice Francis in his judgment noted he was a first time offender who needed no mercy because his action was a premeditated one to kill the president and convicted him to a maximum jail term 10years

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