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Court Sentences 14-Year-Old to Three Years in Prison For Assault

An Upper Area Court I, Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Tuesday, sentenced a 14-year-old boy to three years in prison for defiling a four-year-old girl.

The judge, Lawal Suleiman, sentenced the teenager without an option to pay fine.

Suleiman held that the punishment would serve as deterrent to others who would want to indulge in such crimes.

The prosecutor, Inspector Yakubu Audu had earlier told the court that the case was transferred from the Kaduna-Vom Police station to the State Crime Investigation and Intelligence Department on September 24.

Audu told the court that Ezekiel Jatau of Bachil District of Riyom Local Government reported that that the teenager lured his daughter into the bush and defiled her.

On arraignment, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency.

Audu said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 283 of the penal code law of Northern Nigeria.

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