A Cape Coast Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ordered seven members of Great Life Foundation Church at West Adisadel in Cape Coast to pay an amount of GH¢650.00 as compensation for verbally assaulting the Oguaa Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Ernest Arthur.
They will in default serve three months imprisonment.
They are Pastors Johnson Kofi and Solomon Karim, Felix Clark, trader, Richard Kofi Acquah, an artisan, Emelia Appiah Dankwah, trader, Francis Mensah, carpenter and Grace Aboagye, trader.
They agreed to pay the money after the case was referred to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) office for settlement.
Counsel, for accused persons, Mr Philip Young told the court on Tuesday that they were remorseful and have agreed to compensate the complainant for their unlawful acts.
Pastor Johnson Kofi and Emelia Appiah Dankwah were ordered by the court, presided over by Mr James Kojoh Botah to sign a bond of good behavior for six months or in default 13 months imprisonment.
Prosecuting, Police Sergeant Iddrisu Yakubu said the accused reportedly attacked the MCE verbally after the Works Department of the Metropolitan Assembly had demolished a wall built around a piece of land belonging to the church.
The wall had been constructed in clear disregard of the Assembly’s directive that there should not be any development on the said land until the relevant legal documents had been obtained.
Sergeant Yakubu, said the incident happened on March 23.
He said hours after officials of the Assembly had demolished the wall, the accused verbally attacked the MCE. They also posted his picture on social media with an accompanying caption; “Who is this foolish man”.