Pastor allegedly rapes 16-year-old epileptic girl in Ondo state

Pastor of Holy Ghost Mission Church Ehinogbe, Owo, Ondo state, has been arrested for the alleged rape of an epileptic secondary school girl.

Pastor Peter Alatake, has been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Owo for the alleged rape of a 16-year-old secondary school girl suffering from epilepsy during a ‘deliverance’ session in his church.

Pastor allegedly rapes 16-year-old epileptic girl in Ondo state

According to Police prosecutor, the victim, according to the police was put in the care of the self-acclaimed pastor last year by her parents to get healing from the epilepsy ailment which she had been battling with for years.

Alatake was found to have serially raped the girl between the 15 and 20th of April 2020 which led to complications in her private part and anus as confirmed by a medical report.

He was arraigned on a count charge of unlawfully having carnal knowledge of a minor contrary to section 357 and punishable under section 358 of criminal laws of Ondo state.

The pastor pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him. Attorney General and the state Justice Commissioner Adekola Olawoye SAN informed the court of the readiness of the state to take over the case because of the agony and trauma the victim had gone through in the interest of the state.

Olawoye said a medical report confirmed the committal of the offence by the clergyman. However, counsel to the suspect, Aderemi Adetula pleaded that his client is granted bail given the ongoing decongestion of prisons and promised to provide credible sureties to ensure his available for justice.

The Attorney General, however, did not oppose the bail application noting that “provided the suspect will not jump bail”. In her ruling, Magistrate, Olubunmi Dosumu, thereafter, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.

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