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Farmer Jailed For 10 Years For Raping 13-Year-Old Hawker 

Today, a 28-year-old farmer named Yusuf Umar was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for raping 13-year-old hawker by a Katsina State High Court in Malumfashi.

Justice Abbas Bawale, convicted Umar after he was found guilty of unlawfully having carnal knowledge of one Salima Nuhu on April 13, 2014. According to Punch, it was gathered that during delivering the judgment, Bawale said the prosecution had successfully established the charge beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. The judge, however, is reported to have said he had taken into the consideration the ill health of the convict, being a cancer patient in his judgment.

He said the punishment for the offence under section 283 of the penal code law attracted a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The judge said the lead prosecution Counsel, Mr. Aminu Garba, had led four witnesses and three exhibits, including the medical report on the victim. He sentenced the convict to 10 years imprisonment without option of fine to serve as deterrent to others. The convict, who was not represented by a counsel, as he defended himself during the trial.

Reports say the convict had lured the 13-year-old into his house on the pretext of buying mangoes from her and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her. The case was first mentioned on Dec. 17, 2015, and now, he was fully convicted.

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