Bayelsa politi­cian re­manded in pri­son over al­leged rape

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Bassey Wil­lie, Ye­nagoa

A politi­cian in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Richard Kpodo, has been ar­raigned at State High Court 7 in Ye­nagoa for al­leged rape and un­law­ful de­ten­tion of one Teke Bless­ing on June 20, 2018.

Chief Kpodo, a former Se­cu­rity Ad­viser to former gov­er­nor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, was ear­lier ar­raigned be­fore a Mag­is­trate Court in Ye­nagoa for the same of­fence and was re­manded in pri­son cus­tody pend­ing Au­gust 10 rul­ing on his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Though the Court had de­nied the ac­cused bail ap­pli­ca­tion and or­dered him to re­main in pri­son cus­tody till Septem­ber when the case comes up again.

Kpodo, who al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence at his De-Rich Ho­tels at Tom­bia, Ye­nagoa, was re-ar­raigned on Fri­day be­fore the Jus­tice E. Eradiri on two counts charges of un­law­ful de­ten­tion and rape.

Ac­cord­ing to the two charges filed by the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion (DPP), the ac­cused had on June 20, 2018 at Etegwe, Ye­nagoa, un­law­fully de­tained one Bless­ing with an in­ten­tion to de­file her.

The se­cond charge in­di­cated that the ac­cused had later on the same day raped the vic­tim. The trial judge on sight­ing the ac­cused, who was brought to court in an am­bu­lance or­dered the pri­son of­fi­cials to re­turn him to the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Ye­nagoa where he has been re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal care af­ter he had col­lapsed in court.

Rul­ing on the bail ap­pli­ca­tion filed by Coun­sel to the ac­cused Julius Iyeko­roghe Esq, Jus­tice Eradiri, said that the bail ap­pli­ca­tion which was based on med­i­cal grounds did not in­di­cate that the ac­cused was not get­ting ad­e­quate med­i­cal at­ten­tion from pri­son.

He said that the Court’s de­nial of ac­cused bail was guided by the griev­ous na­ture of the charge which on con­vic­tion at­tracted life im­pris­on­ment.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Septem­ber 21, 2018 for com­mence­ment of trial. The vic­tim has al­ready lined up 12 wit­nesses to tes­tify against the ac­cused when the trial be­gins on Septem­ber. Teke

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