A magistrate court has declined jurisdiction on a Rape case involving a 34 years old Faith Sylvester who allegedly raped a 29 years old woman without her consent at Ibeto road in port Harcourt
the charge sheet obtained by our correspondent reads ‘’that you FAITH Sylvester male on the 29th of March 2019 at No, 43 Ibeto Road port Harcourt in the port Harcourt Magisterial District did unlawfully have canal knowledge of one Igoni Roseline female, aged 29 years old without her consent and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 358 of the criminal code cap 37, vol ii, laws of rivers state of Nigeria, 1999.
COUNT II. That the said Faith Sylvester male on the same date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district did steal three phones valued forty-eight thousand naira and cash sum of thirty-seven thousand naira only, total valued eighty-five thousand naira only belonging to the one Igoni Roseline and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 390(9) of the criminal code cap 37, vol II, Laws of Rivers Nigeria 1999
Senior magistrate Betty Sunny–Hart after hearing the matter said the offence is punishable under section 358 of the criminal code cap 37, vol 2 Laws of Rivers state 1999 which is criminal in nature referred the matter to a higher court and remanded the suspect in prison custody pending director of public prosecutor advice on the matter.
Faith Sylvester allegedly broke into the victim’s house at night stabbed and raped her. And also stole her phones and monies. The suspect while appearing in court did not object to the charges and pleaded for mercy. He said ‘’ I am sorry I went out to drink with my friends and I came back and entered that house. I don’t know what came over me please forgive me’’.
The magistrate ordered him to return the victims phone and money to her which the police recovered from him. He knelt down and wept profusely before the court
The International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA who had charged the matter to court told newsmen that the suspects allegedly broke through the irons protector leading into the victim’s house shows that the action was planned and premeditated. The FIDA lawyers said the suspect broke into the victim’s house at about 11 PM on the said night woke the victim up and started tearing the matrasses wear the victim laid with the intent to scare her before satisfying his sexual urges and thereafter cut himself with razor and told the victim to swear an oath that she will not reveal the rape incent with threats of killing her if she does so.