The sour end to a love story: The case of ex-Ghana captain John Mensah
Ghana defender John Mensah and his lovely wife Henrietta have had their petition for divorce granted by an Accra High Court after months of legal battle.
The court, presided over by Justice Doris Bempong, on Tuesday gave its approval for the divorce, which was filed in October last year by Henrietta.
John and Henrietta had been married for over 10 years during which period they had four children together.
Previous reports on the case suggested that it was Henrietta who filed the divorce petition with an excuse that John had become an irresponsible father who was refusing to cater for the needs of his children.
Henrietta also accused John of infidelity in the divorce petition.
When news broke about the divorce petition, John Mensah, in an interview with Accra based Radio XYZ, denied the allegations of infidelity and child neglect.
“I do what every responsible father has to do for his children and I have no reason not to cater for their needs…I do well to send them money as I know they will need them and I have always been taking responsibility of everything else including their school fees,” John Mensah noted.
The station quoted Henrietta as saying that it was not her wish to end the marriage and that John should be blamed for the situation at hand.
“The divorce is from John Mensah but you will take it that I took it to court so it’s me, but seriously when you look at things well, it’s not my fault…I don’t know the reason why. He only knows the reason why.
“I don’t want the marriage to end this way but it has come to the point that I don’t have anything to do now… My parents are still married, why must I destroy my marriage?…We started from nowhere and by God’s grace we’ve been lifted to this level. If I’m a bad wife, we couldn’t have lived [together] for such a long time, so there’s something [wrong] somewhere…If I’m not a good wife, I can’t take care of four children while my husband is away working,” Henrietta said.
The Mensahs lived at the plush Trassacco Valley Estates in Accra and from afar, observers had hitherto thought all was well with them.
John, the son of a Pastor, was recently seen in a TV documentary about his life, explaining that it was his parents who actually searched for a wife for him when he was playing football overseas.
Aside football, he is involved in a number of charity projects.
Source: Daily Guide Ghana