Jan 8, 2012 – Man Jailed For Raping A 10-Year-Old Girl
According to the nation report, a21 year-old man, Femi Ali, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for allegedly raping a 10 year-old girl. www.naijagists.com
Ali was sentenced by a Benin Magistrate Court after he was charged on a one count-charge and convicted of rape under Section 358 of the Criminal Code applicable to Edo State.
He was said to have committed the act while staying with his elder brother, a tenant of the victim’s father.
Five witnesses were called to testify against the accused person by Prosecutor Chuks Nnamdi but the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel to the accused person, Mike Iyere pleaded for leniency, saying the accused was like a member of the girl’s family.
According to him, he has been very good to the family.
The presiding Magistrate, Mr. Fred Akhere, said that about 80 per cent of rape cases were committed by persons close to the victims’ family