An occultist, Jacob Alonge has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for repeatedly raping his 17-year-old daughter, Gift, at their home in Ososo village, Akoko-Edo, Benin, Edo State.
Besides raping her repeatedly and impregnating the daughter, the 52-year-old occultist masterminded an abortion for her and also shaved the hair in her private parts.
He also instructed her not to sleep with any other man, as he turned her to a sex slave.
Delivering judgment in the case, Presiding Magistrate, D.I Adamaigbo (Mrs.) sentenced Alonge to five years on count one, two years and 14 years respectively on count two and three.
The jail terms are to run consecutively.
She said, “Alonge consecutively had sex with his own daughter and got her pregnant and thereby subjected her to shame and emotional stress.
“May her soul rest in peace. To serve as deterrent to others, and would be offenders, we are of the opinion that the defendant should not have a space in a decent society.”
Adamaigbo said the statement of the victim and the evidence of the PW1 confirmed what the victim said that “She was five months pregnant and that she was demoralised. Emotional distress is sufficient corroboration that the victim was indeed sexually assaulted.
“It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had canal knowledge of the victim as she said in her statement ‘My father by name Jacob Alonge used to wake me up at night and said I should follow him for prayers when we reach inside the bush, he will force me and have sexual intercourse with me, then in the second statement which she made at the state police headquarters, she stated and I quote ‘last year which is 2017 my father by name Joseph Alonge has been having sex with me, he threatened me not to tell anybody and if I do, he will kill me”
She stated further in the same statement that and I quote “one night he called me and put me on top of a stone and used razor blade to shave my private body and threatened me not to tell anybody”
This statement was corroborated by the statement of the police in evidence.
“The convict admitted in his statement and the law is that evidence admitted need no further proof, the defence that he was lured into the crime by his own daughter is an afterthought. We therefore find him guilty of each of the counts”.
Gift had become pregnant a second time when the matter became public knowledge and Alonge was arrested by the police and arraigned in court.
Pregnant 17-year-old Gift, however, died along with four others in an accident on the way to the court.
Among the dead were Gift’s uncle, two workers of a non-governmental organisation, BraveHeart Initiative, helping Gift with the case, and the cab driver.
Jacob, who had pleaded guilty to the counts against him and was about to be sentenced, changed his plea on the day his daughter and the others died.
The court on Thursday concluded his trial and sentenced him to five years on the first count of possession of fetish wrap of Gift’s pubic hair.