ZWEDRU, Oct. 14(LINA) – The 7th Judicial Circuit Court Resident Judge, George Wiles, Jr., has sentenced a man identified as Odomeo Doe to10 years in prison for the crime of Statutory Rape.
According to court records, the incident occurred between January 8-10, 2020 in Gbarkeh Town, Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County.
According to the court records, the defendant called the minor identified only as N.J into his room to fetch water, but when she entered the room he grabbed her, forced her onto his mattress and forcibly had sex with her.
According to Chapter 14, Section 14.70 (b) of the new Rape Law of Liberia, a person who has sexual intercourse with another person either male or female without the person’s consent has committed Statutory Rape’ if the person is less than 18 years old.
According to law, the crime is a felony of the first degree with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and minimum of 10 years imprisonment.
During his arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty, thereby putting the burden of proof on the state.
The state produced four witnesses, including the victim, the victim’s and defendant’s grandfather, a registered nurse and a police officer from the Crime Services Division of the Liberia National Police.
The testimonies of the four witnesses corroborated, while the defense’s three witnesses’ testimonies were inconsistent and contradictory.
Based on the facts and circumstances in the case, and because they are all relatives; and because anyone who commits a crime against the state must be punished, defendant Doe was adjudged guilty and sentenced to a 10-year prison term beginning October I, 2020 and is eligible for parole after three years.
Defendant Doe was immediately sent to the National Palace of Corrections in Grand Gedeh County to serve his prison term.