The Chief Magistrates’ Court of Oredo, Benin City, on Friday ordered the remand of one Bassey Peter, 38, to Oko Correctional Centre for forcefully having carnal knowledge and impregnating a 15-year-old girl.
Chief Magistrate, Patricia Ogho-Braimoh remanded the accused and adjourned the case till March 26 for hearing, adding that the case would be heard in a Family Court.
The accused person is being tried for a count charge bordering on rape.
Earlier, the state Counsel, Mr Agbokhaide Ayo, who held brief for police prosecutor, told the court that the accused person committed the offence on January 5th, 2020 at No. 23, Adolor street, Off 2nd East Circular Road, Benin.
Ayo alleged that the accused person who is a commercial driver forcefully had carnal knowledge of the minor who is mentally unstable, which led to her pregnancy.
According to the prosecution, the accused person capitalised on the health condition of the minor and raped her when there was nobody at home.
The offence contravenes Section 357 and is punishable under section 358 of the Criminal Code , Cap. 48, Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 as applicable in Edo state which prescribes life imprisonment if convicted.
The accused, however, said the girl was his girlfriend, adding that the two months pregnancy was his responsibility.