AN Upper Area Court III, Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Friday, sentenced a 61-year-old businessman, Isaac Phillip to three years in prison for raping an eight-year-old girl.
The judge, Yahaya Mohammed, who sentenced Phillip, did not give him an option of fine in order to serve as a deterrent to others, who would want to indulge in such crime.
Mohammed also ordered the convict to pay N20,000 as compensation to the victim’s family to enable them to pay her hospital bills.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Ibrahim Gukwat, told the court that the case was reported by one Favour Emmanuel of Mado Tudun-Wada, who is the victim’s mother on Oct 9.
The prosecutor said the case was transferred from “A” Divisional Headquarters in Jos to the Legal Department also in Jos for prosecution.
Gukwat told the court that the accused lured the girl into his house and raped her.
On arraignment, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency.
Gukwat said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code law of Northern Nigeria.