The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the conviction and the 14 years imprisonment imposed on a pastor, known as Basil Princewill, aged 33 for raping a 14-year-old girl.
The pastor with the title of ‘Apostle’ was also said to have attempted to abort the pregnancy resulting from sexual crime.
A three-man panel, in a joint judgment read by Justice Stephen Adah, held that it found nothing wrong with the June 25, 2019 judgment of Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which convicted the pastor.
Justice Adah ruled that Princewill’s appeal against the lower court’s verdict lacked merit and ruled it out.
Adah ruled, “Having looked at the arguments in the appeal and the records, as well as the evidence presented in the case, I hold that the lower court did not do anything wrong by sentencing the cleric to seven years imprisonment.
Princewill was said to have forcefully had sex with the victim between July 27 and December 31, 2011, at Mountain Mover Ministry International and his house in Nyanya, Abuja which led to the victim being pregnant
Newsnaija learned the pastor threatened to kill her if she dared to tell anyone, thereafter giving her Postinor tablet and alcohol for abortion.
Newsnaija also gathered that he falsely claimed to be the girl’s father when he took her to a medical Centre for an abortion to be carried out