Black Collar Crime Round-Up: December 28, 2010

Samuel Adegbohungbe • Loyld Akwasi Annan • Robert E. Jones
David Love • Paul Martin • Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, a.k.a. “Jesus One Touch”

Because we could spend 24/7 tracking the sins of right-wing religionists (especially “youth pastors”) and never get caught up. Of the following, the more interesting cases will probably end up with their very own Conservative Babylon entries.

NigeriaCaptured and arraigned: Samuel Adegbohungbe, 32 (described by the Nigerian Observer as “middle-aged”), pastor, Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria, and his girlfriend, Modupe Afolayan, charged with faking Adegbohungbe’s own kidnapping in order to collect a ransom of N200,000 (US$1,300) from church members. Story: Naijan.com, December 24, 2010

GhanaAccused: Loyld Akwasi Annan, “roving pastor,” Ghana, of stealing £4,800 (US$7,409) from his fiancée, who was saving the money to pay for her father’s funeral. “[I]n a sudden twist the pastor reported the police investigator in charge of the case to the Accra Central Police station at the Regional Police Command, for allegedly having an affair with his girl friend because he saw them in the lady’s car. … The Lawyer of the pastor said in court that the money was given to the accused to sleep with the plaintiff and also part of the money was a gift from the plaintiff. … Speaking to the Punch newspaper, he said the case before the court that he stole the money was false and stressed that because he did not marry Miss Vida Manu, she and her mother fabricated these lies against him. He explained that the reason for their separation was because, the lady demanded too much sex and as a pastor, he could not do that. Also, the lady has certain characters [sic] which he did not like.” Story: GhanaWeb, December 24, 2010

Robert E. JonesTrial rescheduled: Robert E. Jones, pastor, Church of the Living God, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and owner, Bob’s Furniture, Dover, Ohio, who in May was charged with “aggravated menacing and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle after he showed a .50-caliber black powder muzzleloader” to a drive-through bank teller, saying “I better get all my money.” Jones told police he was “only joking.” His trial was slated for December 16, 2010, but he didn’t show up; his excuse was that he thought the trial was supposed to begin January 9th. This is not a good portent for Jones’s outcome; since his attorney quit after Jones was unable to pay him, Jones is representing himself. The new date for Jones’s trial has not been announced. Story: Times-Reporter, December 16, 2010

David LoveNot guilty plea expected: David Love, 50, former pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Independence, Missouri, charged with the first-degree murder of church member Randy Stone, husband of Love’s longtime mistress, Teresa Stone. After numerous delays, Love has finally obtained a public defender, who says he is expected to plead not guilty. Love’s arraignment is still scheduled for January 10, 2011. Story: Conservative Babylon, November 15, 2010; December 22, 2010; Examiner, December 24, 2010

CanadaCharged:, Paul Martin, 43, fifth-grade teacher, St. Francis de Sales Catholic elementary school, Ajax, Ontario, with the attempted murder of his wife, Cathy Lee Martin, 34, while vacationing in Jamaica. December 23rd, the day the couple were scheduled to return to Canada, Martin reportedly took his wife — who had just told him she wanted to end their marriage — on a long drive, stopped, and slashed her throat. Cathy Lee Martin managed to jump out of their rental car; she was found bleeding by the side of the road by a taxi driver. Mrs. Martin, who has already appeared in court to testify against her husband, plans to leave Jamaica December 29th. Paul Martin is being held without bail; his next court appearance is scheduled for January 21, 2011. Story: Globe and Mail, December 27, 2010; CTV News, December 28, 2010; CBC News, December 28, 2010; DurhamRegion.com, December 28, 2010

Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, a.k.a. 'Jesus One Touch'Ruling scheduled: Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, a.k.a. “Jesus One Touch”, “Founder and General Overseer,” Jesus Blood Prophetic Ministry, Oblogo, Greater Accra, Ghana, accused of “incest and defilement” of his ten-year-old daughter, for January 20, 2011. Story: Conservative Babylon, November 2, 2010; GhanaWeb, December 14, 2010

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