A Bayelsa State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Yenagoa has sentenced a 50-year-old, electrical engineer to five years in jail for the serial rape of his 17 years outdated sister-in-law.
The accused whose identify was given as Preye Ojoko, a father of 5, was accused of raping his spouse’s niece on the age of 9 until she reached 17 years underneath the pretence of coaching her at school.
The prosecuting counsel, Kemesuode Wodu Esq instructed the Courtroom that the accused began the serial rape of his inlaw when she was 9 years however she was rescued and brought again to her village after the preliminary discovery by the spouse, who’s a Vice Principal in one of many public faculties within the state.
The accused, after convincing his spouse that he has modified for good, lured the unsuspecting sufferer again to the Home saying he was able to help her college schooling.
The accused resumed his serial rape of the now 17 years outdated lady till she complained to her Steerage Counsellor who later reported to the college’s Principal, who in flip raised alarm and reported the case to the Worldwide Federation of Ladies Legal professionals (FIDA) within the state.
The Presiding Choose, Justice T.Y. Abasi after listening to the submissions of the prosecution counsel, Kemesuode Wodu and the Defence Lawyer, Stanley Damabide Esq, sentenced the accused to 5 years in jail.
Reacting to the event, the Appearing Chairperson of FIDA in Bayelsa State, Ebimietei Ekeowei Ottah, described the listening to and ruling of the Courtroom as swift and commendable,” the judicial system was swift, quick and helped in passing a fast message to different rapists that the regulation is now on the aspect of the victims of rape and defilement.
Ottah, additionally expressed concern over the problem of settlement out of courtroom by mother and father of rape victims within the state,” it’s pathetic that some mother and father will negotiate the way forward for their youngsters to cash. Within the final two months, we’ve got recorded 5 instances of defilement and three instances of rape from December final 12 months until March this 12 months,2021.”