A 40-year-old school proprietor, identified as Okwubunka Nwaosueke, has been remanded in the Afara Correctional Centre, Umuahia, by an Abia state Magistrate court sitting in Umuahia, for allegedly defiling his 13-year-old niece.
The charge against Nwaosueke, read, “That you, Okwubunka Nwaoseke, sometime in the month of May 2020, at UmumbaNsirimoUbakala in the Umuahia South Magisterial District, did have unlawful carnal knowledge of the 13-year-old victim, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 3, Laws of Abia State, 2005.”
However, Uwakwe, The defence counsel, pleaded with the court to grant his client bail, adding that the suspect had no past criminal record.
Meanwhile, Glory Ekenam, the prosecuting counsel, objected to the bail application and accused the defendant of being a serial defiler of minors as the record of the girls he had allegedly defiled was available.
According to Ekenam,, there has been an increase in the number of rape cases recorded in Umuahia and its environs, adding that a known rapist should be punished to serve as a lesson to others.
She alleged that the proprietor had been issuing threats to everyone who was against his action including his family members instead of seeking peace.
She added that instead of the defendant to show remorse, he turned around to get the victim’s mother arrested, adding that his action angered the youth of the community, who called out for his search and handed him over to the police.
With all this side, the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Nwankpa, in his ruling refused to grant the suspect bail.
He remanded the suspect in the Afara Correctional Centre, Umuahia, and adjourned the case till 14 August 2020.