Court re­mands man ac­cused of rape at­tempt

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - A scene of an ac­ci­dent at Yan­goji, on the Abuja-Lokoja high­way. By Adam Umar

An Abuja Up­per Area Court, sit­ting at Jiwa, Tues­day, re­manded a man liv­ing in Gwagwa town in the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil for al­legedly in­jur­ing a 15-year-old girl while at­tempt­ing to rape her.

The po­lice charged the 27-year-old Emeka Onyem with crim­i­nal force and as­sault, caus­ing hurt and rape at­tempt, of­fences that con­tra­dict Sec­tions 265, 246 and 95 of the Pe­nal Code.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Lawrence Alu, of the Gwagwa di­vi­sion, in­formed the court that a woman, who is the guardian of the girl, re­ported at the po­lice sta­tion on April 18 that some­time in March 2014 the ac­cused came to her restau­rant dur­ing clos­ing hours and con­fronted the girl, who works in the restau­rant.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tor, the ac­cused threat­ened her with a bro­ken bot­tle and slapped her sev­er­ally, while try­ing to rape her.

“The girl man­aged to run away but in the process stepped on a piece of bro­ken bot­tle, which lac­er­ated her foot. The ac­cused later met her and gave her N4,000, telling her to keep the mat­ter se­cret. But on April 18, com­plainant came to know about the mat­ter af­ter dis­cov­er­ing some wares in her pos­ses­sion while plan­ning to send her to their vil­lage for Easter break,’’ the pros­e­cu­tor told the court.

He said the vic­tim told the com­plainant that the ac­cused gave her the money she used in buy­ing the items.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused per­son, he pleaded not guilty and the pros­e­cu­tor asked for ad­journ­ment to en­able the po­lice to prove its case.

Judge Muham­mad Lawal Mun­nir or­dered that the ac­cused be re­manded in prison cus­tody till May 27 when the case will come up for hear­ing.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

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