A Bayelsa State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Sagbama, Yenagoa has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Timiondu Jephtath, to 10 years imprisonment for raping a five-year-old lady to dying.
The accused raped the lady to dying at Akede neighborhood in Sagbama Native Authorities Space of the state in 2016.
It was gathered that Jephtath, who was 16 on the time, dumped her lifeless physique in an deserted fish pond near his residence.
A lawyer and Gender Advocate, Deme Pamosoo, who acted because the counsel to the sufferer’s dad and mom ensured that the sufferer’s physique was recovered, an post-mortem carried out by the Police and a watertight case file, introduced to the State Ministry of Justice for the Director of Public Prosecution suggestion for trial.
The Presiding Choose, Justice E.G Omukoro in his ruling within the swimsuit numbered SHC/4C/2016 with a one-count cost of homicide introduced in opposition to the accused by the State Ministry of Justice, declared that the cost turns into manslaughter as a result of incapability of the prosecution to show the intent to commit homicide.
In his ruling, after contemplating the defendant’s plea of allocutus, Justice Omukoro declared that the court docket is aware of the youthful age of the defendant who might be redeemed and make amends by the use of atonement for his motion.
He, subsequently ordered that the defendant be detained on the Okaka Correctional Centre in Yenagoa or elsewhere because the Governor might decide, for a interval of 10 years on the pleasure of the State.
Reacting to the sentencing, the Appearing Chairperson of the Worldwide Federation of Girls Attorneys (FIDA), Mrs Ebimietei Ekeowei Ottah, described the ruling as a victory to the victims of rape, defilement and violence in opposition to girls within the state.
“It’s a sound warning to most people that it’s not enterprise as standard in Bayelsa state. As soon as you’re introduced earlier than the legislation, the legislation will take its course and meet up with you,” she acknowledged.
“It has been a worrisome apply in Bayelsa State and extra worrisome are the difficulty of negotiation with culprits by dad and mom of victims of defilement or rape. It might probably not be tolerated or swept beneath the carpet as settlement. We name on dad and mom, academics, neighbours and guardians to be vigilant and communicate out in opposition to instances of rape, defilement and violence in opposition to girls within the state.” she added.