Alleged defilement: Court admits trader to N500,000 bail


AN Upper Area Court, Jiwa on Friday, admitted a 39-year-old trader,  Okechukwu Okonkwo, charged with alleged defilement to bail in the sum of N500, 000.

The judge, Malam  Mohammed Marafa, also ordered the defendant to produce two  reasonable sureties who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He  adjourned the matter until Sept.24 for hearing.

Okonkwo of Dei-dei, Abuja was arraigned on Aug. 28 over alleged defilement to which he pleaded not guilty.

At that sitting, following a bail application made by the defence counsel, Helen Ejike, the judge ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison on the said date and adjourned the matter to September 13 for ruling.

The prosecutor, Nkem Uchegbulam had told the court that one Dorcas Sunday reported the matter at Gwagwa Divisional Police Headquarters on Aug.21.

He said the defendant was allegedly caught by one Blessing Oti while he attempted to rape the complainant’s 9-year-old daughter on Aug.16.

The prosecutor said during the police investigation, the minor revealed that the defendant had unlawful sexual intercourse with her on three occasions, adding that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code. (NAN)

– Sept. 13, 2019 @ 15:59 GMT |

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