A 29-year-old pastor, Stephen Kalu, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Nyanya for raping a 17-year-old girl.
Delivering judgement, Justice Peter Kekemeke held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that Kalu who was arraigned on two counts bordering on rape committed the crime.
Kalu of the Adoration Ministry, Karshi, Abuja, was charged with having sexual intercourse with the girl at his residence without her consent, thereby contravening Section 31 (1) of the Child’s Right Act and punishable under Section 31 (2) of the same Act.
Kalu had admitted before the court that he severally slept with the girl, eventually impregnating her. She went on to deliver a girl child.
“Our society, especially this division of the court, has seen several cases of rape. It is a pathetic situation; the system must be expunged of rapists; our children need protection from our courts,” the Judge said.
“The law is already there; the same defendant committed a similar offence of rape, while on bail during the period of this case. He is a danger to our children; the defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.”