An upper area court sitting in Kasuwan Nama of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state, has sentenced a 75-year old man, Aminu Abubakar, to three years imprisonment for defiling a 5-year-old girl.
Delivering judgement, Justice Lawal Suleiman, said the nature of the offense committed by the convict warranted severe punishment even though it was the first time that the accused was taken before the court.
“In view of the nature of the offense committed, of defiling a minor, the accused Aminu Abubakar is hereby sentence to full 3 calendar year of imprisonment, having found to be his first time appearing before the court with such offense,” he judged.
The judge gave no option of fine, but said the convict was at liberty to appeal the judgement.
The convict had, prior to the judgment, pleaded for mercy, saying; “I do not know anything, but I am pleading the court to do justice to me.”
Police prosecutor, Ashiru Ibrahim, while responding to question after the judgement said “we are pleased with the judgement hoping it will serve as deterrent to others.”
It was gathered that the incident happened about three weeks ago at Ali Kazaure community of Jos North local government area, and some people said the judgement has given a lot of them courage to pursue similar case whenever it comes up.
Mother of the victim, Hassana Muhammad, also expressed satisfaction that justice has been done to the case.
“Such a judgement done within short period of time has given hope to parents,” she added.