Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Man jailed 10 years for raping five-year-old girl to death

Sagbama High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Timiondu Jephtah, to 10 years imprisonment over his indictment for manslaughter in the rape of a girl, aged five, to death in 2016 at Akede community of Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

The Nation

The Presiding Judge, Justice E.G. Umukoro, in his ruling in suit No. SHC/4C/2016, with one count of murder brought against the accused by the State Ministry of Justice, declared that the charge became manslaughter due to the inability of the prosecution to prove the alleged intent to commit murder.

Umukoro after considering the defendant’s plea of allocutus declared that the court was mindful of the youthful age of the defendant who could be redeemed and make amends by way of atonement for his action.

He, therefore, ordered that the defendant be detained at the Okaka Correctional Centre, Yenagoa, or elsewhere as the Governor of the state might determine for a period of 10 years.

Recall that in 2016, the accused who was aged 16 was arrested for raping the minor to death and flinging her lifeless body into an abandoned fishpond close to his residence. 

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