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In Sierra Leone, Bigamy Lands Pastor in Court
By Dauda Koroma
Apr 13, 2011, 17:02
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Pastor Abraham Johanese Williams of Joy Assembly of God’s Church stands accused of bigamy – the act of marrying while already married to another woman.

He appeared before Magistrate Binneh Kamara at the Freetown Magistrate Court No.4 on Tuesday 12th April 2011 to defend the charge brought against him.

Mrs. Mariama Williams, the complainant, who identified herself as the legally wedded wife of the accused pastor, testified in court that she received a phone call from an anonymous person on the 16th May 2009 informing her that her husband was almost concluding arrangements to wed another woman. “I initially discarded the information because of obvious reasons until 17th May 2009 when I learnt that my husband has finally wedded one Beatrice Yvonne at the Registry,” she explained. 

According to her, she was later to learn that the lady in question was not only worshipping at End Times Prophetic Ministry in Aberdeen, but happens to be the Proprietress of the said church.

Mrs. Mariama Williams further testified that her husband, Pastor Abraham Johanese Williams, had abandoned her without even taking care of their children.

She insisted that her husband never divorced her prior to marrying a second wife; an occurrence she said has left her stranded in life.

Following the testimony of the complainant, Magistrate Binneh Kamara granted the accused Pastor bail in the sum of Le5 million plus one surety in like sum.

The matter was accordingly adjourned to 19th April 2011 for further testimonies.

Lawyer Jones represented the accused person, while the complainant was represented by Lawyer Saquee Kamanda.


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