Thursday, 13 February 2014

Rape: Victim Narrates Ordeal In Court

A 16-year-old rape victim on Tuesday told an Abuja High Court that the accused poured anointing oil on her and raped her in the name of removing evil spirits inside her.

She told Justice Hussieni Baba-Yusuf that Basil Princewill of Mountain Mover Fire Ministry Church, Nyanya, in 2012 told her he had a revelation that her foundation was dirty.

The victim told the court that Princewill said that her father’s wife was trying to kill her and that the Lord told him to perform a quick deliverance on her.

“I agreed for the deliverance to be carried out on me. During the deliverance, he carried a white handkerchief and a bottle of oil and asked me to remove my clothes.
“He also asked me if I was menstruating and I told him no.

“He told me that I am possessed with many evil spirits that have stained my blood and it will only take my husband to deliver me and I was not married, he said that he will carry out the cleansing on me,’’ she said.

The victim testified that the accused led her into his bedroom and asked her to close her eyes, brought his handkerchief and placed it over her head and she became very weak.
She said the accused raped her.

“I cried and begged him to stop but he refused. All I remember is that I fainted and woke up later to see that I was bleeding from my private parts.

“When he was done, he helped me to wear my clothes and he called Pastor Moses Onuoha and asked him to take me outside and burn the handkerchief,’’ she said.

She said that the accused also told her that the “deliverance’’ will need to be take place again after a while to complete the cleansing of her blood.

“Sometime in December 2012, he sent for me against and told me that the spirits were stubborn and he lured me with alcohol and asked me to go home.

“After that I discovered that I was pregnant, he took me to Fantanu Head Medical Centre, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, for an abortion.

“The doctor, took me to a room inside his office and brought out instruments and asked his nurses to prepare me for an evacuation.

“I saw the instruments and I ran out of the hospital (papa) Apostle ran after me and beat me up, saying I want to bring shame to him,’’ she told testified.

She further said that the accused dragged her into the hospital and left a directive that she should not leave the hospital until he comes for her.

The victim told the court that she was kept inside a room after the evacuation and was not allowed to leave the hospital as instructed by the accused.

She said that her mum later took her to a family doctor, who diagnosed that she had a recent abortion.
Baba-Yusuf adjourned the case to Feb. 20, for cross-examination. (NAN)

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