Court grants Takoradi woman bail of GH¢50,000 after pleading not guilty

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Takoradi woman remains in police custody for failing to meet bail conditions

Josephine Panyin Mensah, the woman at the centre of the alleged fake kidnapping and pregnancy case, has been granted bail by the Takoradi Habour Circuit Court A in the Western Region.

She was granted bail for GHS 50,000 with two sureties.

On Monday, she pleaded not guilty to the charges of deceiving a public officer and publishing false news with the intent to cause fear and panic.

This is despite police claims that she admitted to faking her kidnapping and pregnancy.

According to Citi News’ Akwesi Agyei Anim, the woman was brought to Takoradi Habour Circuit Court A by police around 6:00 a.m. on Monday and appeared calm.

For the past week, the contentious story has dominated media discussions. Her alleged disappearance became widely publicized about two weeks ago.

She was discovered in Axim, several miles away from Takoradi, where she allegedly vanished, mute, unkempt, and devoid of any signs of the alleged pregnancy.

Claims that she gave birth on the same day she was allegedly kidnapped, with the baby taken by her alleged kidnappers, have been called into question, with the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, stating on Wednesday, September 22 that the pregnancy was a hoax.

In a subsequent statement, the police administration confirmed the minister’s claim.

According to the police, tests performed on her at a different facility also confirmed that she was never pregnant.

Several people have been questioned by police in connection with her case.

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