A 38-year-old driver, Bassey Peter, has been remanded in Oko Correctional Centre for forcefully having carnal knowledge and impregnating a 15-year-old girl.
The Chief Magistrate of Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Patricia Ogho-Braimoh, ordered that the accused be reminded after hearing the case.
The accused is being tried for one count charge bothering on rape.
Earlier, the state Counsel, Mr Agbokhaide Ayo, who held brief for police prosecutor, told the court that the accused person committed the offence on January 5, 2020 at No. 23, Adolor street, Off 2nd East Circular Road, Benin.
Ayo alleged that the accused, who is a commercial driver did forcefully have carnal knowledge of the minor who is mentally unstable, which led to her pregnancy.
According to the prosecutor, the accused person capitalised on the health condition of the minor when there was nobody at home and raped her.
He argued that the offence contravened Section 357, and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal Code , Cap. 48, Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, as applicable in Edo.
The accused, however, said the girl was his girlfriend, adding that the two months pregnancy was his responsibility.
The case was adjourned to March 26 for further hearing, as it would be heard by Family Court in subsequent hearing.