A 45-year old man, Joseph Okoye, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a four year old girl.
Joseph, a palm wine seller was said to have in August 2014, lured the minor from her great grand mother’s apartment to his shop, where he was said to have sexually defiled her.
Delivering judgement, Presiding Magistrate Prince M. Oare, described the action of the convict as wicked and evil,
According to him, “I have listened to the plea for leniency by the Convict. I have also taken into consideration that the convict is a first time offender. However, taking the age of the victim into consideration, the act of the convict will not only be regarded as wicked, but evil.”
“In this regard, an option of fine cannot be considered. The Convict is accordingly sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour. The term of imprisonment is to commence from when he was admitted into Prison Custody in 2014, since bail was not granted”.
Programme coordinator of BraveHeart Initiative, the group that spearheaded the case, Priscillia Usiobaifo, said her continued visit to the victim’s grandmother and family served as assurance that the victim would get justice for crime committed against her.
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