An Ado-Ekiti State High Court on Monday, sentenced A 53-year-old,
priest, Gabriel Asateru, to five years in prison for defiling a minor.
The police charged Asateru with defilement.

Justice Oluwatoyin
Abodunde, held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond
reasonable doubts. Abodunde also ordered the convict to pay N50,000 as
fine as stipulated by the Child Rights Law, 2006.


The State
Counsel, Mrs Ronke Odefola, told the court the convict committed the
offence on or about Dec. 23, 2016 at Ayebaju Street, Ifisin Ekiti.

She said that the convict, an Anglican Priest, defiled the five-year-old when he visited her parents. The accused was first arraigned in January 2018 and he pleaded not guilty to the charge. To prove the case, the prosecution called three witnesses from the office of the Department of Public Prosecution, exhibits tendered included a doctors report, defendants statements and other witnesses statements.


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