According to a fresh publication from 3News, the infamous Josephine Panyin Mensah, who was later accused of staging her kidnapping and fabricating a pregnancy was fined ¢7,200 by Takoradi District Court A, presided over by His Worship Michael Ampadu, for publishing false information with the goal to spread fear and panic.
Although Josephine Panyin Mensah did not make the publication, her report to the police did result in the publishing, which “in no doubt generated terror and panic throughout the country,” according to presiding judge Michael Ampadu, who took more than two hours to read out his decision.
He continued by saying that initially, the police had only been called to a reported case of a missing wife, but that after they had located Josephine Panyin Mensah, who had admitted to the fake pregnancy in a cautionary statement to them, the case had evolved into a kidnapping.
“She told the police that she was kidnapped and when she gained consciousness she saw 12 other pregnant women where she was who had all been killed. So if you have a relative who is pregnant and maybe had traveled this piece of information when you hear it will obviously make you panic,” he stressed.
3News further added that though the maximum sentence for the count of publishing of false news with intent to cause fear and panic is three years, Michael Ampadu opted for a fine of 600 penalty units because Josephine Panyin Mensah is pregnant.