Saturday, September 23, 2017

Court jails paedophile eight years for defiling two minors



A Chief Magistrate’ s Court sitting in Yenagoa , Bayelsa State , has sentenced a 40 -year-old man identified only as Godbless to eight years in prison for defiling underage boy and girl .

The court presided over by Magistrate Utovie Spiff jailed Godbless , an indigene of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a four-year-old girl and unlawful carnal knowledge of a five-year-old boy.

It was learnt that the International Federation of Women Lawyers took the case of Godbless to the police.

The suspected paedophile , who was allegedly in the habit of assaulting little children, was said to have defiled the boy through his anus and the girl through her private part.

It was also learnt that some of the parents and guardians of the victims on many occasions forgave the man after receiving reports of his assaults on their children.

But the suspect was unfortunate when on September 15 , the Chairperson of FIDA in Bayelsa , Dise Ogbise -Erhisere was contacted by a concerned indigene , who reported a new case of the man’ s sexual escapades to her .

Ogbise -Erhisere , in company with two lawyers and members of FIDA, Boma Mieba and Amaso Daniel, reportedly lodged a formal complaint on the matter at the Ekeki Police Station in Yenagoa .

The police were said to have arrested the man, arraigned him on Tuesday before the court , where he pleaded guilty to the two counts .

Expressing delight over the judgment, Ogbise -Erhisere said it was victory for FIDA Bayelsa and a warning to paedophiles , children molesters and abusers.

Ogbise -Erhisere , who was also the complainant in the matter , said she was happy with the speedy dispensation of justice in the case .

She explained that she got a distress call from a concerned neighbour following the defilement of the unnamed boy.

“ I was informed by neighbours that the convict is a serial molester of children and that the mother of the four-year-old girl caught him having carnal knowledge of her daughter, ” she said .

She commended the police for swiftly arresting and arraigning Godbless and lauded the members of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa, for their role in ensuring that the victims got medical attention .

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