COURT JAILS 53-YEAR-OLD PASTOR FOR RAPING A MINOR
An Anglican Church Pastor in Ado-Ekiti has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl.
Pastor Gabriel Asateru was reportedly sentenced by a High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
It was gathered that the cleric took to his heels after defiling the young girl before he was arrested and transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department(CID) section of the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.
According to The Sun, the 53-year-old Asateru was a priest with Anglican Church. He committed the offence on December 23, 2016, at Ifisin Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
His case was first heard in January 2018, before Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde on a one-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.
The offence is punishable under Section 31 of the Child’s Rights Law Cap 7, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria, 2005.
“The accused person stands guilty and accordingly convicted to serve a prison of five years and to also pay a sum of N50, 000 fine as stipulated by child’s rights law 2005,” Justice Abodunde said during judgement.
Three witnesses testified against the cleric while prosecuting counsel, Ronke Odetola, from the Office of Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), tendered the doctor’s report and the defendant’s statement on oath to prosecute her case, report Ado-Ekiti says