An FCT High Court in Apo today sentenced a thirty one year old man, Emeka Akile, to twelve years in prison for raping a nineteen year-old woman in Lugbe, Abuja.
The judge who presided over the sitting, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, sentenced the convict under section 2B of the Violence Against Persons, VACA (Prohibition) Act of 2015.
Reports have it that Akile had been arraigned on March 16, 2016, by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons under the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.
In his plea for mercy for the convict, the defence counsel, Paul Uleyo, informed the court that the convict was the bread-winner of the family and as such, the court should tamper justice with mercy.
Uleyo also told the court that he was a first time offender who was remorseful.