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Two brothers aged 30 and 33 years are to spend a total of 30 years behind bars for allegedly gang-raping a 12-year old girl about a year ago at Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
This was the verdict of an Akwukwu-Igbo High Court presided over by Honourable Justice Marcel Okoh, before whom the prosecution from the Delta State Ministry of Justice had dragged the brothers, 30-year old Chukwuedo Mogaha and Amaechi Mogaha, aged 33 years.
The court held that the prosecution was able to establish the essential ingredients of conspiracy and rape against the first accused person, Chukwuedo Mogaha and was sentenced to seven years in jail for conspiracy to commit rape and 14 years with hard labour for the substantive offence of rape.
For the second accused person, Amaechi Mogaha, Justice Marcel Okoh held that the prosecution was only able to prove the count of conspiracy and failed in the count of rape against the accused. He was however sentenced by the Court to seven years in jail for count one while he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour for indecent assault of a girl under 13 years old.
However, the sentences are to be served be the convicts concurrently.
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