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Court remands laboratory technician for allegedly raping patient

01 November 2013, 19:30

Makurdi, Nigeria - A 52-year-old hospital laboratory technician, Jacob Jimin, was on Thursday remanded in prison custody for allegedly raping a female patient.

Jimin was charged with rape, punishable under the Penal Code of Benue, 2004.

Prosecutor Insp. James Zungwe told a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court that the case was transferred from Gwer Divisional Police Headquarters, Naka, to the state's Criminal Investigation Department in Makurdi through a letter.

According to Zungwe,the letter states that one Julius Ortwav reported at the Naka Police Station on Oct. 20 that his sister was allegedly raped at Tersoo Clinic,Naka, where she was on admission.

The complainant alleged that the victim told him that the accused, a laboratory technician in the clinic, had given her an injection which made her unconscious on her hospital bed.

Zungwe added that Jimin later had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

The prosecutor said that the accused was arrested in connection with the crime during police investigation.However, when the case came up for mention, the plea of the accused person was not taken for want of jurisdiction.

Zungwe also told the court that investigation into the matter was still in progress and asked for another date for mention.The Magistrate, Mrs Theresa Wergba, adjourned the matter to Jan. 9, 2014 for further mention.



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