A 27-year-old man, Austin Okonkwo, has been remanded in prison custody by an Evboriaria Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ikpoba-Okha, Edo State, for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, according to a Vanguard report.
The accused, who was heavily criticised for his actions when brought to Court, pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him.
Police Prosecutor, Aigbedion Obakpolor, informed the court that the offence was committed on November 29, 2014.
The presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Frank Idiake, refused the bail application made on behalf of the accused, saying rape cases were on the increase.
A relative of the victim, who pleaded anonymity after the court sitting, said the accused took the girl to his room where the act was committed.
The relative said the victim cried and complained of having pains in her private part, which led to the arrest of the accused.
The case was adjourned to January 21, 2015 for continuation of trial.