A High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sentenced 40-year-old-man, Aniekan John Udom, to life imprisonment, for raping an 8-year-old boy in Uyo.
The rapist who is a native of Ikot Nkim in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area and neighbour of the victim, was caught by the victim’s lesson teacher, while he was molesting the little boy in broad daylight. Although Mr. Udom, attempted to flee, he was later apprehended by the Akwa Ibom State Police. The act took place on the 28th of August, 2020.
Udom pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Justice Bennett Ilaumo, having been found guilty of rape, which is punishable by section 1 and 2 of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, 2020.
Justice Ilaumo’s judgment reads below:
“Upon the charge being read to the accused person and upon his plea of guilty and of his hearing the facts as stated by the State Counsel, I enquired of the accused if the facts are true and correct and he admitted that they are.
I have aligned same with Section 1 (1) (a) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law, 2020 and find that facts align with the provision of the law therein. Upon the accused person’s plea therefore, I find him guilty as pleaded. The sentence provided for upon conviction of this offence is imprisonment for life.”
The Police Medical Report confirmed that the victim was forcefully raped on the anus with clinical evaluation showing a young boy in pain and bruises around his anal region. It also showed an impression of sexual assault to rule out sodomy and at risk of sexually transmitted diseases.