Yesterday in Awka, a Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Court sentenced one 42-year-old woman, Victoria Enwerem (Anosike) to multiple jail terms for stealing five children in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Victoria Enwerem was arraigned in Court on a-3 count charge: conspiracy to steal children; fraudulently enticing away and harbouring children, and forcefully isolating the children from the lawful possession of their parents, punishable under the Criminal Code, Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria, 1991, and the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition and Protection) Laws of Anambra State, 2017 respectively.
The five stolen children were between the ages of 9, 7, 3 ,10, and 8 years old.
Delivering judgement on the case the presiding Chief Magistrate, Genevieve Osakwe stated that the defendant had been found guilty of all the three charges brought against her.
The Chief Magistrate noted that, based on the oral testimonies of the defendant herself and the submissions of the plaintiff witnesses, as well as, other materials placed before the Court, in respect of the case, there were overwhelming pieces of evidence against the defendant, and the prosecutor had proved his case beyond reasonable doubts.
She slammed Enwerem with 4 years imprisonment in count 1; 8 years imprisonment in count 2; and a term of 6 months imprisonment in court 3, and declared, declaring that all the sentences would run concurrently, without an option of fine.
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