Man r*pes hawker in Ebonyi recreational park




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An Ebonyi Magistrate’ Court on Monday remanded in a custodial centre a 32-year-old man, Emeke Chukwuani, for allegedly raping a hawker in the .

The victim, a groundnut seller, reportedly returning home with her younger sister in the evening when the suspect snatched her and ran into Fatilami Park, in the Abakaliki Local Area of the on November 28, 2020.

Apparently recover her from the assailant, the victim ran after him into the park, where she allegedly raped.

Narrating her ordeal, the 23-year-old said, “ going home with my younger sister around 8.30pm when we saw the man on the way. He wanted talk us, but we continued move. He followed us, snatched my and ran into Fatilami Park.

“We ran after him give me my phone. Immediately we got the photo stand in the park, he grabbed my neck and we began struggle. As we struggled, he bit me in my parts, ear, cheek, shoulder and back.

“My sister was shouting, but nobody was there to help us. When my sister tried to draw him away from my body, he smashed a bottle on her head. She ran outside crying, while was shouting inside. It was when he hit my mouth with the bottle that became unconscious. woke later to see that he had raped me.

was surprised when heard gunshots and persons came inside. He tried to run away, but they apprehended him. That’ when I realised that they were police officers.”

The suspect was arraigned on Monday before the Abakaliki Magistrate’ Court on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, said the offence was punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009.

The charge read, “That you, Emeka Chukwuani, on November 28, 2020, at Fatilami Park, Abakaliki, in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did forcefully have carnal knowledge of one (name withheld), aged 23 years, without her consent, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

The suspect was not represented in court.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.I. Chukwu, ordered that he be remanded in the custodial centre, Abakaliki, while his case file should be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, for legal advice.

The case was adjourned till December 11, 2020, for of compliance.

(Punch)