Court Remands Lawyer for Alleged Rape of 12-year-old Girl

A 46-year old lawyer, Kingsley Philips, has been remanded in prison for alleged rape of a-12-year-old girl.
Philips is standing trial on a one-count charge of rape at a Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The magistrate, Kariba Braide, who issued the remand order, said she had initially used her discretion to admit the defendant to bail in order to enable him seek settlement with the victim’s family.
“Since the parties could not settle, the law will take its course. I revoke the order I had made on the case.
“The case file has to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice.
“The defendant has to be remanded in prison. Missiles have been flying because of the decision I took.
“My boss has called me about the matter. My hands are tied.
“I had bent backward, gave time (16 days) to act fast, but nothing was done. I have my job to protect.
“Several petitions have been written against me because of this case, because I am a controversial magistrate, anything I do rings bell,” she said
Many lawyers had pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy, but all to no avail.

Author: News Editor

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