Man remanded in Custody for raping mentally ill

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A Markurdi Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered the remand in custody of a 20-year-old man, Terzungwe Ugoo arraigned on Friday for raping a mentally ill woman who is of the same age.

The court heard that the suspect committed the offence in October at Abough Village, behind Makurdi Modern Market.
The prosecutor said that the case was reported at the Department of Criminal Investigation, ‘D’ Division, Police Headquarters, Makurdi, by the victim’s mother for raping the mentally impaired woman.

He submitted that the victim was walking on a street when the accused dragged her into his house and raped her.
He said the accused covered the woman’s mouth as she shouted for help, adding the offence contravened Section 284 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue, 2004.

Ugoo’s plea could not be taken because the prosecution said that investigation into the matter was ongoing.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Lillian Tsumba, adjourned the matter till Dec. 4 for hearing.

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