An Abuja-based pastor, Apostle Basil Princewill, who raped and procured abortion for a 14-year-old girl in 2011, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
In sentencing the convict, the trial judge, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court in Maitama, held that the commission of rape was bad enough, “but it became more worrisome when the convict was someone looked upon as a man next to God”.
He held that the convict’s action was a desecration of the house of God and an act capable of destroying the life of the victim.
The judge added that he hoped the convict would use the four walls of the prison to become a born again.
Justice Baba-Yusuf thereafter sentenced Princewill to seven years imprisonment for the offence of rape and five years for the offence of attempting to carry out miscarriage on the victim.
The judge however, discharged and acquitted him on two other counts; that of impersonation and abetting miscarriage.