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Man gets $60 fine for raping 12-year-old girl because she looked older

By Mason White 12:53 PM March 11, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man was arrested charged and convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl, prosecutors in Nigeria said.

Now, the man has been sentenced to a N10,000 ($60) fine.

Jiwa Police said that the wife of 25-year-old bus driver Idawor Bright, caught him with his pants down having sex with the girl in their apartment. Bright told police that he mistook the age of the girl because she looks very mature.

He also claimed that the sex was consensual. He said that on that fateful day, he asked the girl to leave the house because his wife was home, but unfortunately, she stayed, and the two ended up having sex.

He admitted to the crime, but he claimed that the victim was his girlfriend, and that they have been having sex for more than a year. Bright told a judge that his wife left him after the incident, and he asked the court for leniency.

The judge did have mercy and Bright was sentenced to 10 months in prison or a fine of N10,000 ($60).