An Upper Area Court 3 sitting in Kasuwan Nama, Jos, the Plateau State capital, has sentenced two pupils, Halidu Musa, 15 and Ayuba Shuaibu, 17, to six months’ imprisonment each for defiling a minor.
The judge, Yahaya Mohammed, said the light sentence on the four-count charge was meant to act as a deterrent to others.
Mohammed said for a crime of criminal conspiracy, the accused would serve one year imprisonment or pay N3000 each, for a crime of trespass, they would serve one year imprisonment or pay a fine of N3000 each, for abduction, six months without a fine and for rape, six months without a fine.
The prosecutor, A. Edwin, had told the court that the case was reported on February 6 to the state CID by Idris Ladan of Bokkos.
He said the accused broke into the house at night, abducted the 12-year-old girl, took her to the bush and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
‘’The victim’s father heard her scream, ran into her room and found it empty. The neighbourhood looked for the girl that night, but surprisingly she came back home around 6 a.m., “Edwin said.
The accused pleaded guilty and begged for mercy.