An Ikpoba Okha Area Customary Court sitting at Idogbo, Edo State on Tuesday [Jul 31] sentenced a 23-year-old grinding machine operator, David Monday, to three years imprisonment for defiling a five-year-old girl.
The prosecutor, Inspector Victor Ehiorobo, said that Monday had on 21 July, 2012 at 28 Ekogiawe Street off Jesus Christ Road, Off Upper Sokponba Road in Benin City, had an unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl, an offence punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap 48, Vol. II Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria of 1976 as applicable in Edo State.
The prosecutor also informed the court that Monday was arrested after the act. According to the prosecutor, Monday after his arrest made a confessional statement that was attested to by a superior police officer, while the victim was taken to the police Medical Centre, G.R.A., Benin City for examination and treatment.
While pleading for the court’s leniency, the convict whose shop is at 3rd East Circular Road Market, Benin City told the court that he committed the act under the influence of the devil.
The President of the court, Mrs. Esther Eweka, said that Monday did not merit the mercy of her court and subsequently sentenced him to a three-year-jail term with hard labour and without the option of fine.