Thursday, 2 March 2017

Alleged teenage girl defilement: Man, 56, gets N200, 000 bail

A 56-year-old man, Andrew Igwe, who allegedly defiled a 15-year-old girl, was on Thursday released on bail on the orders of a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
He was granted bail in the sum of N200, 000.
Igwe, a resident at No. 7, Ogunyemi St., Orile-Iganmu in Lagos, is being tried for defilement.
‎‎The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande told the court that the accused committed the offence at No. 7, Ogunyemi St., Orile-Iganmu at about 2.00 p.m. on Feb. 19. 
‎‎She said the accused, who reside in the same compound with the parents of the girl, sent her on an errand and on her return, the accused closed the door of his room and assaulted her sexually. ‎
‎Osayande said the teenage girl reported the incident to her mother, who invited in the police to effect the arrest of the accused,.
‎The offence contravened Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which carries a life imprisonment as penalty for offenders.‎
‎The accused pleaded innocence of the offence.
The ‎ Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with one surety in like sum.‎
Nwachukwu said the surety must be either a community leader or a cleric and should provide evidence of tax payment to the government.
She directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The case has been adjourned to April 4


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