A 35 years old man, Gift Meshack, has been sentenced to three years in jail by a Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, for defiling a six years old girl.
Trial judge, Justice Nayai Aganaba, in his judgment said: “Any attempt to make love to a female counterpart without her consent amounts to rape, but in this case, the victim is just six years old”.
The court said the convict contravened the law and that the jail term should serve as a deterrent to others.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Boy Endoni, had told the court that the accused, Gift Meshack, had, in July 2010, at Etegwe-Epie area in the Bayelsa capital, had unlawful and indecent canal knowledge of the six years old girl.
Endoni told the court that the convict raped the victim and committed an offence punishable under section 146(2) of the Criminal Code Laws of Bayelsa State.
According to the prosecuting counsel, the victim’s complain of pains in her private part attracted the attention of the mother and questions were asked, “It was at this point that the victim told the mother what happened”.