Friday, 19 January 2018

Features

Court Remands Man For Allegedly Defiling Minor

A board member of the Ebonyi State Secondary Education Board has been arraigned before an Abakaliki Magistrates’ Court on Friday for allegedly defiling a minor.

NAN reports that Ofor, 50, is standing trial before Magistrate Stella Ogeoke, on a charge of child defilement that happened on Dec 11, 2017.

In the meantime, the defendant has pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

The court refused the oral bail application brought before it by the defence counsel and subsequently, remanded the accused in prison, and adjourned the matter until Feb. 22, 2018.

“The matter before this court is beyond the jurisdiction of this honourable court.’’

“I hereby reject the application for bail and accordingly the matter is hereby adjourned until Feb. 22, 2018 for hearing at the High Court.’’

“The accused is to be remanded in prison custody,’’ Ogeoke said.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Mr Ransom Egenkonye, had told the court that police investigation and medical report had linked the accused to the alleged crime.