CRIME Man bags 3 years for rap­ing 3-year-old girl

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

AChief Mag­is­trate Court sit­ting in Po­tiskum has sen­tenced 18-year-old Yusuf Garba of Gabar-daKa­suwa, Po­tiskum town in Yobe State to three years in prison for rap­ing a 3-year-old girl.

The Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) pros­e­cu­tor, Ahmed Mo­hammed Yakubu, told the court that Garba, who lived in the same area with vic­tim, took her into his room and raped her.

“As a re­sult, the mi­nor had a tear in her vagina to a level that she can­not re­tain urine,” he said.

He said the of­fence is pun­ish­able un­der sec­tion 283 of the panel code law.

When the First In­for­ma­tion Re­port was read to Garba, he pleaded not guilty to the of­fence as charged, but the court re­jected his plea and or­dered the pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel to probe his case be­yond doubt.

The pros­e­cu­tor ten­dered wit­nesses and med­i­cal re­port, which con­firmed that the con­vict had per­pe­trated the of­fence.

In his judg­ment, the pre­sid­ing Mag­is­trate, Ahmed Y. Ala­garno, con­victed Garba and sen­tenced him to 36 months (three years) im­pris­on­ment with­out op­tion of fine.

Daily Trust re­ports that there is a grow­ing con­cern over the high cases of rape, es­pe­cially of mi­nors.

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