A 42-year-old man, identified as Daniel George will spend the next three years behind bars after he was found guilty by an Akwa Ibom State High Court of raping a nine-year-old.
George was convicted by the presiding judge of the court, Justice Augustine Odokwo, who also sentenced the accused to three years’ imprisonment with thorough whipping
The accused, a native of Mbat Esifon in Obot Akara LGA, was said to have committed the offence in February 25, 2015, and was charged to court on April 23 of the same year, but he escaped from prison custody.
In his statement, the accused denied having the carnal knowledge of the girl, but admitted that he only inserted his fingers into the private part of the victim.
Justice Odokwo convicted the accused and advised parents to watch over their female children.
“Parents are advised to be vigilant and watch over their female children to save the girl child from the likes of Daniel Silas George,” the judge said.