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Teenager jailed for raping seven-year-old girl

 An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday sentenced an 18-year-old man, Emeka Emmanuel, to 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine for raping a seven-year-old girl.

In his ruling, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said the victim’s medical report, confession of the defendant (now convict) and his request for forgiveness as well as his statement corroborated the fact that the prosecution had successfully proved the element of the offence of rape.

The judge said, “I find the accused guilty as charged and is hereby sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.”

The prosecutor, Mr Wale Fapohunda, who is Ekiti State Attorney General, said the defendant, who was a sales boy near the victim’s mother shop, lured the girl into his boss’ shop and raped her on a bag of beans.

Fapohunda said, “The defendant committed the offence on May 12 and 20, 2019 at Ado- Ekiti, the state capital.

“The offence contravened Section 31(2) of the Child’s Right Law CAP, C7 Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012,” he said.

The defence counsel, Mr Chris Omokhafe, who called only one witness, urged the court to be lenient in its judgment, pleading for the consideration of the age of the defendant.

Bibiyobra: Friday, 9 October 2020 at 10/09/2020 04:07:00 pm


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