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Daily Post, Lagos, 19 November 2013
Motorcyclist gets 7 lashes for attempting to rape minor
An Abuja Upper Area Court on Monday gave a motorcyclist, Gabaduhu Saidu, 22, seven lashes for attempting to rape an under-aged girl.
Presiding judge, Umar Kagarko, handed out the sentence when the accused pleaded guilty to the one-count charge filed against him by the police.
Kagarko said: "for being reasonable enough to admit the offence without wasting the time of this court, I hereby try you summarily.
"I find you guilty as charged under section 95 of the Penal Code and order that you be given seven strokes of the cane.
"You are warned to desist from such act in the future because this could affect the child's psychologically", [sic] he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sentence was immediately executed in the courtroom.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Umar Mohammed, had told the court that the convict committed the offence while taking the minor and two of her brothers to school on his motorcycle.
"He brought out his penis and started rubbing it against the child who was seated on the fuel tank of the motorcycle.
"During interrogation, he claimed to be married and had two children back home in Plateau. He blamed his action on the devil." (NAN)
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