A magistrate court sitting in Enugu has ordered the remand of a 70-year-old man, Mr Anthony Mgbe in prison for allegedly raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl.
Mgbe who hails from Umuagu, Inyi, Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State was docked on a two-count charge brought against him by the police.
He was charged for “unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, an offence contrary to Section 308 and punishable under Section 309 of criminal Code, Cap. 30, Vol. II, Revised laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.
“Unlawful killing by having unlawful carnal knowledge of the minor which caused her to bleed to death, an offence punishable under Section 274(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Law of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.”
According to the information posted on the official social media handle of the Women Aid Collective, WACOL, the organisation said considering the severity of the offence, the magistrate court denied the application bail and adjourned the case till 22 November 2023.
The case was first reported to WACOL by concerned members of the community, who shared that “the man was in the habit of perpetrating violence against women/girls, but always managed to evade justice owing to the influence of his children, who silenced the victims.”
“In the light of this, the family of the deceased sought protection from WACOL and legal intervention to ensure that the perpetrator faced the full wrath of the law.
“Following a petition sent by the WACOL legal team to the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mgbe was arrested and charged to court,” WACOL said in the statement.
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