Court strikes out case of tor­tured teenager

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

The case of a 13-year-old girl, who was al­legedly tor­tured by her guardian at Kubwa, was yes­ter­day struck out by an Abuja Mag­is­trate Court.

Yemi Ade­tayo, of Arab Road, Kubwa was last Thurs­day, ar­raigned for al­legedly tor­tur­ing a 13-yearold girl, an of­fense of cru­elty to a child, con­trary to Sec­tion 238b of the Pe­nal Code.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor, Lukas Ephraim, had told the court that the ac­cused, on March 16 and 23 will­fully ill-treated a 13-year-old girl, who was in her cus­tody by bar­ter­ing her, flog­ging her with a wire and dip­ping her right wrist into hot wa­ter with the in­tent to cause her pain or body in­jury.

He fur­ther said the ac­cused in­flicted marks and in­jury on the back and wrist of the vic­tim.

The ac­cused had ear­lier pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail by the court fol­low­ing a re­quest by the De­fense coun­sel, Aka­jola, who asked the court to grant her bail on the ground that she is a nurs­ing mother.

When the case came up in court yester­ady, the pros­e­cu­tor, how­ever, said he re­ceived a let­ter dated April 1, writ­ten by the aunt of the vic­tim, and ad­dressed to the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, re­quest­ing that the case be ter­mi­nated, hav­ing con­sulted with the par­ents of the vic­tim and other fam­ily mem­bers.

The pros­e­cu­tor, how­ever re­quested that the ac­cused en­ter a bond of oath to be of good be­hav­ior, and to take care of the vic­tim’s med­i­cal bills as well as give a to­ken to the guardian to en­able her take the vic­tim back to her par­ents.

The Mag­is­trate, Rose­mary Kanyip, struck out the case, or­der­ing the ac­cused to write an un­der­taken of good be­hav­ior and to take care of the med­i­cal bills of the vic­tim to the later, as well as as­sist the guardian fi­nan­cially in send­ing the vic­tim back to her par­ents.

She also in­structed that the let­ter re­quest­ing for the ter­mi­na­tion of the case be pho­to­copied and filled in the case file for proper doc­u­men­ta­tion.

PHOTO:

Cows cross­ing the Jik­woyi-Ku­rudu road on Wed­nes­day

TAIWO ADENIYI

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