Yenagoa — A 35 years old man, Gift Meshack, has been sentenced to three years in jail by a Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, for defiling a six years old girl.
Trial judge, Justice Nayai Aganaba, in his judgment, said: "Any attempt to make love to a female counterpart without her consent amounts to rape, but in this case, the victim is just six years old."
Meanwhile, a group, National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps, NACVC, led by Princess Elizabeth Egbe, has written to the state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the state to prevail on the state Police Command to initiate a high powered investigation into the gang-rape and murder of an 18 years old girl, Miss Imomoemi Esegi, by some youths.
The court said the convict contravened the law and that the jail term should serve as a deterrent to others.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Boy Endoni, had told the court that the accused, Gift Meshack, had, in July, 2010, at Etegwe-Epie area in the Bayelsa capital, had unlawful and indecent canal knowledge of the six years old girl.
Endoni told the court that the convict raped the victim and committed an offence punishable under section 146(2) of the Criminal Code Laws of Bayelsa State.
According to the prosecuting counsel, the victim's complain of pains in her private part attracted the attention of the mother and questions were asked, "It was at this point that the victim told the mother what happened."
NACVC, on the 18 years old girl who was raped to death, said the incident happened on July 30, 2012 between 12 noon and 2 pm inside a shop.
The victim, who hails from Agudama-Epetiama in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, was an employee of an Interio Decoration outfit at Amarata as a computer operator.