Man bags four years jail term for incest with daughter

Ebun Francis || A 35-year-old man was on Tuesday sentenced to four years in prison for committing incest by a High court of the federal capital territory.
Friday Elijah, an indigene of Cross River State, was found guilty on two counts of incest and inflicting physical injury on his 13-year old daughter.
The convict was arrested in July 2015 by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) after he had sex with his teenage daughter.

After the girl exposed him to his relatives, Mr. Elijah attacked her with a bottle, injuring the girl in the head.
The offences which are punishable under sections 2 (1) and 25 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 were committed in Ushafa, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

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The accused, Mr. Elijah had pleaded not guilty to the two count charges.

After a full trial, the Judge, Angela Otaluka on November 8, found the accused guilty of the counts in Charge No. CR/103/16 and deferred the sentence to December 12.

After listening to the testimonies of the defendant’s wife and his cousin as to his character, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 310 and 311 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and the plea for leniency from the defence counsel, Mr. Elijah was sentenced to two years imprisonment without an option of fine for Count One (Inflicting Physical Injury on a Person) and four years imprisonment without an option of fine for Count Two (Incest).

The judge after Tuesday’s proceeding sentenced him to four years imprisonment for incest and inflicting physical injury on his daughter.

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The sentences are to run concurrently.