An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City has sentenced a primary school teacher to life imprisonment for serial raping of his pupil.
The teacher, 35-year old Bright Asiruwa, was convicted for defiling an 11-year old primary school pupil in 2007 in a trial that lasted about seven years.
The convict was a teacher to the victim at the time the incident occurred.
During the trial, prosecution counsel, Nelson Okojie, told the court that Mr. Asiruwa defiled the victim in the premises of Osazuwa Primary School, situated in Ehor, the administrative headquarters of Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.
Before announcing the sentence that silenced some section of the court and made the other to leap for joy in salute of a long-awaited judgment, Justice G. O. Imadegbelo, said Mr. Asiruwa was guilty of the rape charge beyond reasonable doubts.
The judge therefore sentenced him to life imprisonment, notwithstanding his plea for mercy.
The trial that began at a High Court in Abudu in 2008 was subsequently transferred to the Benin Judicial Division, where judgment was eventually entered during the week.
Addressing the media later, an elder brother of the victim (whose name is being withheld so the family is not stigmatized) applauded the judgement as one that satisfies the family’s long wait for justice.
He said, “As a matter of fact, I am happy and I give glory to God that justice is done today by the court; because from the beginning of that case, we have been praying that what we need is justice.”