Rape: Cleric Bags Five Years Jail Term

Ekiti State High Court Sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced a fifty three year old Anglican cleric, Reverend Gabriel Asateru to five years imprisonment for guilty of Rape.

The Court Presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde convicted the accused who unlawfully had canal knowledge with a five years old minor in Ifisin Ekiti Idol/ OSI Local government area of the state on the 23rd of December 2016.

The convicted person was said to have absconded immediately he committed the crime but later arrested by the police following a series of complaints by the parents of the victim.

Counsel to the Plaintiff, Mrs Ronke Odetola called three witnesses, and tendered exhibits such as medical reports, statements of the accused to establish the facts of the case preferred against the cleric during the trial.

Also, counsel to the cleric, Mr Olanrewaju Oluwasola told the court that his client was innocent and not guilty as charged.

However the trial Judge, Justice oluwatoyin Abodunde who reviewed the arguments of parties in the case held that the evidences before the court were weighty and sentenced the Anglican cleric to 5 years imprisonment.

Justice Abodunde also asked the convicted cleric to pay the sum of 50,000 fine as stipulated in the child right law of Ekiti state.

Amos Ogunrinde

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