‘My son is mentally ill’ – Gunman’s mother

The mother of the 36-year-old man who has been sentenced for possessing a fully loaded gun at President John Mahama’s church has said her son is mentally challenged and must not be taken seriously.

An Accra Circuit Court presided over by Francis Obiri slapped Charles Antwi with a 10-year jail term within 48 hours after his arrest.

The convict confessed to a plot to assassinate the President and his family at the Ringway Gospel Centre branch of the Assemblies of God Church in Accra this past Sunday. He said his intention is to save Ghanaians from the erratic power supply and the hardship.

Reacting to the ruling, his mother, Afia Agyapomaa told Accra-based Asempa FM her son has no consciousness over his actions.

“He is not well, he has mental challenges. I plead with Ghanaians to appeal for a reduction of his sentence.

“He has been talking of killing the President for the last two years but everyone who knows him will tell you that he is not well. His father died two years ago. I plead with people to intervene for him,” Agyapomaa bemoaned.