Fake Pregnancy- Please, forgive me, those are the words on the lips of a 28 year old woman after it was discovered that the protruding tummy she was parading about was fake pregnancy, and her alleged kidnap, arrangee business.
Even the mobile telephone number used in contacting family members and demanding a ransom was actually registered in her name.
In fact, it was after a second medical examination at the regional hospital by a team of specialist obstetrics gynaecologists (OBGs) from the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, in Ghana proved she wasn’t pregnant afterall, and never kidnapped, that Josephine Panyin Mensah, confessed to the crimes, saying: please forgive me.
Her pleas however did not stop men of the Takoradi Divisional Police Command, Ghana from placing her under custody.
The matter has sent tongues wagging in and around the region, even the mother and the husband who were initially arrested for conspiracy, have been granted bail.
Sources said it became clear during investigations, that Josephine’s mother and husband were not aware their daughter and wife’ pregnancy.was fake.
The husband told the team of psychologists that he had never seen the wife’s protruding stomach before and that she had even warned him that doctors had counselled against intimacy.
Josephine’s mother reportedly told the police that she, in all honesty, had also not seen the daughter’s pregnant stomach before and that she goes to the bathroom with her clothes on.
Her bubble burst after police traced the number to a location at Agona-Nkwanta, an adjoining Municipality, combing the entire area not knowing that Josephine had moved, but it was not long before she reappeared in Axim in the Nzema East Municipality.
The Eagle recalls that Josephine had been reported missing Thursday, September 16, 2021, allegedly nine months pregnant.
The police, which commenced investigations, on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, found her in Axim without the pregnancy or any baby, raising suspicions, that her captors may have stolen her baby.
When police investigations indicated she was never pregnant, even family members joined in disputing it, and community members angry.
A secondary opinion from the Regional Referral Hospital – Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi also confirmed that she was never pregnant and was never provided ante-natal care at the European Hospital in the last nine months, much against her insistence.
Her hospital records, according to the police, indicate that the last time she was at a hospital was in October 2020, and on that occasion, her visit had nothing to do with pregnancy.
Currently, Josephine’s initial status as a victim has changed to one of a suspect. Her husband, Michael Simmons and her mother have also been booked as suspects.