Crime reports coming from Abuja have it that a certain businessman, Godwin Aboyi, is to be jailed for one year for attempting to rape a four-year-old girl.
The convict was earlier charged for attempting to commit rape, punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code.
The Judge, Mr Aliyu Ibrahim, ruled that an attempt to commit an offence was punishable with one year imprisonment with option of fine or both while the offence of rape was punishable with 14 years imprisonment.
He, however, gave Aboyi an option of N 50, 000 as fine taking into consideration the fact that the defendant was a first-time offender. The Prosecutor, Mr. Mamud Ismai’la, told court that the defendant was reported to the Jikwoyi Police Station by the mother of the victim on June 14.
He said that the complainant had put her daughter to sleep and left her in the room to attend to other chores.
“But while the girl was fast asleep, the defendant who is a neighbor went inside the house and attempted to abuse the little girl sexually before the complainant walked in on him and raised an alarm.
“The complainant caught the defendant’s hands in the private part area of the minor and spilled semen on her body.’’
The prosecutor told court that medical examinations from a government hospital revealed that the girl had been indecently assaulted but there was no penetration or sexual defilement.
“After listening to the charge, the defendant pleaded guilty and pleaded with the court for mercy.
“I can’t explain myself and why I was doing it, please forgive me,’’ the convict had pleaded.
Aboyi was earlier remanded in prison because the prosecution had opposed his bail, pending the outcome of medical test results.