Abuja – A Kubwa Upper Area Court in Abuja on Friday sentenced one Chigbo Uchendu, 23, to seven months imprisonment for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.
The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Lawal Munir, sentenced Uchendu after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of gross indecency.
Munir, however, gave the convict an option of N5, 000 fine.
The judge said that the court gave the light sentence after it took into consideration the guilty plea of the convict and the fact that he did not waste its time.
Munir advised the convict to marry if he would not be able to control his sexual urge.
He said that the court convicted the accused in spite of the complainant’s request to withdraw the case.
“The complainant’s request to drop the charge against the accused does not determine the trial.
“The case is between the government and Uchendu,” he said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Cpl. Ariki Kaura, told the court that the father of a 13-year-old JS 1 student reported the case on Nov. 27.
Kaura said that complainant, a resident of Dutse, reported that the convict enticed his daughter into his room with N1, 000 and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
He said that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Penal Code. (NAN)