23-yr-old man arraigned for raping 6-yr-old girl

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Jos— One Salisu Mohammed, 23, of Nasarawa Gwong, yesterday, appeared before an Upper Area Court at Kasuwar-Nama, Jos, for raping a 6-year-old girl. The Police Prosecutor, Mr Gokwat Ibrahim, said the father of the victim (names withheld) reported the matter to Nasarawa Gwong police station on Dec. 24, 2012, same day the offence was committed.

He said the accused was facing a one-count charge of rape. He added that the accused, who resides in the same compound with the girl, had invited her to his room where he raped her. “The cry of the minor attracted neighbours who forced the door open and caught the accused committing the act.”

The prosecutor said the police had concluded investigation and were only waiting for the medical report from the hospital. He urged the court to suspend jugdement on the matter, pending report from the hospital where the girl had been taken for treatment. “We want to tender the report before the court as an exhibit, “ he added.

The accused person pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency, saying  he was a first time offender.

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