Nigeria: 2 brothers sentenced to 30 years in jail for gang-raping 12-yr-old girl
In delivering judgement, the president of the court, Justice Marcel Okoh, sentenced Chukwuedo, a 30-year-old man, to seven years in jail for conspiracy to commit rape and 14 years with hard labour for the substantive offence of rape.
Okoh also handed down a seven year jail term on 33-year-old Amaechi for count one bordering on conspiracy to commit rape and two years imprisonment with hard labour, for indecent assault on the girl.
The Judge held that the prosecution from the State Ministry of Justice was able to prove the essential ingredients of conspiracy and rape against the brothers and jailed them accordingly.
The prosecution led by an Assistant Chief State Counsel from the State Ministry of Justice, A. P. Popo, had told the court:
"The two brothers, Chukwedo and Amaechi Mohaga, had, on or about June 6, 2015, at Ibusa, conspire and executed their act of conspiracy by raping the 12-years old girl (name withheld), thereby, committed an offence punishable under sections 516 and 358 of the Criminal Code Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006."
The siblings, the court heard, had abducted the girl on her way to a market to buy food stuff for her mother, took her to a classroom in a primary school and forcefully took turns raping her.
Giving evidence in the court, the girl narrated how she was defiled:
“My mother sent me to buy okro and I went to a small market but I did not see okro to buy, but somebody directed me to one Aunty Nkem’s house but I could not locate the house.
It was at that point I saw the two men in a compound eating and I asked them if they knew Aunty Nkem’s house and they offered to lead me there.
But on our way, one of them brought out a knife and dragged me inside the primary school and they raped me in turns.”