The State High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sentenced Aniekan Udom, to life imprisonment for raping an eight-year-old boy in Uyo, the state capital.
The 40-year-old man, a native of Ikot Nkim, in the Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, was found guilty of rape by the court presided over by Justice Bennett Ilaumo, on Wednesday.
According to the state counsel who read the facts of the case, Maria Akpan, the accused was caught committing the offence in broad daylight.
He revealed that the accused was caught inserting his penis into the anus of his victim by the lesson teacher of the boy, Iniobong Nta, at the backyard of their residence on Anyan-ikot Street, off Abak Road, Uyo.
The accused ran away after he was caught in the act on Friday, August 28, 2020 by Nta, but was apprehended later by the police.
A medical report by the police confirmed that the victim was raped and that clinical evaluation indicated that he was in pain and had bruises around his anal region.
Delivering judgement, Justice Ilaumo, sentenced the accused to life imprisonment.
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He said, “Upon the charge being read to the accused person and upon his guilty plea after hearing the facts as stated by the state counsel, I enquired of the accused if the facts were true and correct and he admitted that they were. I have aligned same with Section 1 (1) (a) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law, 2020, and found that the facts align with the provision of the law therein.
“Upon the accused person’s plea therefore, I find him guilty as charged. The sentence upon conviction for this offence is imprisonment for life.”