A 40-year-old man identified as Friday James was on Friday granted bail in the sum of N500,000 by a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl.
The Prosecutor, Anthonia Osanyade, had earlier told the court that the accused committed the offence at Sari-Iganmu, Lagos, at about 6.00pm, on August 20.
Osanyade explained that the accused sent the girl on an errand to buy him pure water. “On her arrival, James dragged her into his room and forcefully had s3x with her,’’ she added.
The prosecutor noted that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
When the charges were read to the accused, James pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted him bail in the sum of N500,000, she added that the accused must deposit N100, 000 to the chief registrar’s account.
She also ordered the accused to provide two sureties in like sum and one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused while the other must not be a civil servant not below GL-14.
The case was adjourned till September 9 for mention.