By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha
ASABA—THE Supreme Court, yesterday, affirmed the judgement of a High Court sitting in Oleh, Delta State, which sentenced one Mr. Afor Lucky to five years imprisonment with hard labour for raping an 11-year-old girl.
The Supreme Court agreed with arguments of the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, that the lower court was right.
In a unanimous judgement of the panel of five Justices delivered by Justice Nwali Ngwuta, the Supreme Court decried the high rate at which young and innocent girls were being defiled by adults in the society.
On the five years prison term imposed by the trial court on the appellant, the apex court held that: “The sham of prison term he imposed on the appellant is an attack on law and moral basis for prison term.”
“The young and old, who have their brains between their legs and who have a miserable N300,000 to throw about can ravage young mothers at will.
“Not only that, the brute violently, as in armed robbery, took away the pride of the innocent girl; the act is a major dent on her psyche and will remain so for life.”