Nigeria, October 2016
Justice Atinuke Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court yesterday sentenced a man, Tajudeen Soneye, to 10 years imprisonment for raping an eight-year-old girl.
The convict, popularly called ‘Baba Seriki,’ is married with one wife and five children.
The police arrested Soneye on June 15, 2013 at Iyora Primary School, Badejoko Street, Ketu for raping his victim.
Lagos State government had arraigned Soneye on a one-count charge offence bordering on rape.
The convict had pleaded not guilty.
State prosecutor Mr Akin George, had told the court during trial that lasted three years, that the convict had sent the victim to go and buy cigarettes for him.
George said when she came back with the cigarettes, the convict lured her into his room and forcefully removed her cloth and raped her.
He said Soneye, after raping his victim, threatened to harm her if she tells any one.
The victim in her testimony had told the court that it was not the first time the convict did such terrible act to her.
The prosecution further corroborating the claims of the victim that she did not speak out not until she resumed school the following the day of the incident when a teacher noticed the way she was walking.
George said the school authority took her to hospital where she was confirmed to have been raped.
“It was the school that raised the alarm which led to the arrest of the convict”, he said.
In her judgment, Justice Ipaye found the convict guilty.
She held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced Sonye to 10 years imprisonment.
Teens arrested for murdering girl in central Mexico
Mexico, May 2015
A 13-year-old girl was murdered by two boys, ages 17 and 16, in Aguascalientes, a state in central Mexico, state prosecutors said.
The 16-year-old boy, who is being identified only as Erick, gave inconsistent accounts of what happened to investigators, the Aguascalientes Attorney General’s Office said.
The boy told the victim’s mother that he could not find the girl just minutes after murdering her, the AG’s office said.
The suspect confessed to killing Victoria Anahi during a second round of questioning by investigators.
The boy told investigators that he killed the girl because he “hated” her and wanted “revenge,” accusing the victim of “offending his family,” the AG’s office said.
The boy convinced a 17-year-old friend, identified only as Mario, to help him kill the girl.
The suspect said he and his friend went to the girl’s house in the Vistas de las Cumbres district of Aguascalientes city and he strangled her to death.
The boys tried to make it look like the house had been burglarized and used bleach to cover their tracks, with the idea coming from a television show.
The two minors face murder and burglary charges. EFE
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Panama, May 2013
A 50-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested on the morning of Thursday May 16th by units from the Panama Interpol (DIJ), due to 6 complaints filed against him for the alleged crime against Freedom and Sexual Integrity against minors.
The arrest took place at the Tocumen International Airport where the man known as “Nick”, who is wanted by the authorities in La Palma, Darien, was about to leave on a flight to Costa Rica.
According to early reports, the U.S. citizen allegedly persuaded children between 12-15 years old, giving them liquor and hush money.
Father handed death sentence for raping underage daughter
Jordan, October 2015
The Criminal Court on Monday sentenced a 49-year-old father to death after convicting him of raping his minor daughter and transmitting HIV/AIDS to her.
The defendant stood motionless upon hearing the verdict read out by presiding Judge Fawzi Nahar, according to a senior judicial source.
“The defendant only said that he relies on God’s justice,” the judicial source told The Jordan Times.
Court transcripts said the father raped his daughter when she was 12-years-old and repeated his actions on several occasions, including sexual molestations.
“The defendant began assaulting his daughter sexually in 2011, and in 2014 the mother saw her daughter with her husband in a suspicious position and the father promised not to repeat his actions,” the court said in its ruling.
However, the court maintained, “the father began assaulting his daughter again and she ran away from home and filed a complaint against him at the Family Protection Department affiliated with the Public Security Department, and he was arrested.”
The defendant denied sexually assaulting his daughter in court, but the tribunal depended on the victim’s testimony and “the fact that she contracted the disease recently”.
“The court heard experts’ testimony that the disease was not hereditary and that it was contracted to her through sexual intercourse.”
The defendant’s wife also carries the disease from her husband, according to the judicial source.
Criminal Court Prosecutor Jihad Dureidi had asked the court to inflict the maximum punishment on the defendant.
The tribunal also comprised judges Ibrahim Bawareed and Mohammad Zyoud.
The verdict will automatically be reviewed by the Cassation Court within the next 30 days.