Saturday, 18 August 2012

70-yr-old pastor arraigned for raping girl, 10

A 70 year-old pastor, Alfred
Idonije has been arraigned
before an Egor Magistrate
Court sitting in Benin for
allegedly raping a 10 year-old
orphan, Hope Kabiru.
The accused said to be a
pastor of an undisclosed
church, was said to have
allegedly had unlawful canal
knowledge of Hope on
25th of June, 2012 after
luring her into his room by
sending her to buy noodles
for him.
Narrating her ordeal to the
court, the victim said the
accused had raped her on
three different occasions and
threatened to kill her if she
reported to anyone.
In her testimony before the
court, the major witness,
grand mother of the raped
victim, Mrs. Mary Akhigbe
said Hope who lives with her
has neither father nor
mother. She told the court
that the accused who was
their neighbor usually send
the girl on errand including
that fateful day, adding that
in the course of searching
for her, she heard some
noise from the bedroom of
the accused, and when she
peeped into the room
through the window, she
saw the victim being sexually
abused by the accused.
Counsel to the accused,
Barrister Osa Uwagie,
appealed to the court to
grant his client who
appeared frail, bail to enable
him seek medical attention
before the adjourned date.
The presiding Magistrate,
Taye Omoruyi, granted the
accused bail with the bond
of N200, 000.00 and a surety
who must be a civil servant
from grade level 12, to
enable him seek medical
attention. Further hearing
on the matter was adjourned
to next week Thursday.

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