An Accra High Court has ruled on Wednesday Gloria Appiah committed ‘adultery’ when she gave birth to three children out of wedlock and subsequently quashed her motion to be awarded half of the property of the former footballer Nii Odartey Lamptey.
Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey who finally put finality to the winding legal battle also ordered the estranged wife to vacate the footballer’s plush 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon within 30 days.
She was however allocated a small property at Dome – a suburb of Accra as compensation – leaving the player with the clearance to keep majority of his hard-earned sweat.
“I thank God for taking me through this fight successfully because I didn’t know how far I could go. I’m grateful that the toils that I have gone through for the past 21 years did not go in vain. Though I’ve lost a few properties, I’m very content that at the end of this case, I have retained most of them and I’m still alive too,” Odartey told Starr FM’s Alexander Anyankwaa
“When I was informed that the [three] children were not mine, I know how I felt. Playing the role of a father to children I thought were mine for 21 years and realizing otherwise later, I nearly committed suicide. God gave me renewed energy and courage to withstand these pains and today, I can say I have gotten over them all.
“And today, with the final judgement, I thank God that my properties, my school and others I have kept them. She can take the little awarded her. Today the divorce has been granted and that burden that was on me is gone. Now, I’m a free and happy man, ready to start life again.
It will be recalled that sometime ago, DNA results revealed the former Black Stars player was not the father of three of his four children after 20 years of marriage with Gloria. This then marked a dramatic end to the relationship.
The judgment should serve as a warning to other millionaire sporting stars and the women they decide to tie their future to.