A 29 year-old man from Umuahia, Nigeria, has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to rape and indecent assault after raping an eight year-old girl who subsequently tested HIV-positive.
According to the story from the Daily Independent (Lagos), reproduced on allafrica.com:
The magistrate, Kanu Onuma, in his judgement, observed that the offence was committed last year, adding that the charge was brought to the court in April 2009, while the law says that rape charges be brought to court two months after the offence was committed.
He said he could not convict the accused for rape but for indecent assault and described his action as satanic not only for raping an innocent girl but also for further transmitting HIV to her.
Onuma urged the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) that arrested the man to ensure that the girl was placed on anti-retroviral drug and make the proceedings known to the Child and Human Rights group so they can help her further.