Former Security Adviser to Ex-Gov Sylva docked for alleged rape, denied bail

By Editor on 03/08/2018

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Chief  Perekeme Richard former Security Adviser to Ex-Gov Sylva being tried at the State High court 7 in Yenagoa for alleged rape was on Friday denied bail

Kpodo was earlier on July 27 arraigned before a Magistrate court in Yenagoa for the same offence and was remanded in prison custody till August 10 for ruling on his bail application.

Kpodo  who was re-arraigned on Tuesday before the Justice E Eradiri was charged on a two counts of unlawful detention and rape of one Teke Blessing on June 20, 2018  was brought into court lying on a stretcher.

The judge on sighting the accused who was brought to court in an ambulance ordered the prison officials to return him to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa where the suspect who had collapsed in court on Tuesday was receiving medicaare.

The case subsequenty continued in the absence of the accused.

Ruling on the bail application filed by Counsel to the accused Julius Iyekoroghe, Eradiri said that the bail application which was based on medical grounds did not indicate that the acused was not getting adequate medical attention from prison.

He said that his denial of bail was guided by the grievous nature of the charge which on conviction attracted life imprisonment.

“Rape is felony, I have discretionary powers to grant bail to the accused, but that powers has been hampered by the opposing arguments of the prosecution who had argued  that the accessed will influence the witnesses in this case.

“The bail application which was based principally on the health of the acused did not imdicate that he will not get adequate medical attention from prison custody from where he was taken to Federal  Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

“Also the medical report before the curt did not indicate that the case was beyond the expertise of the Federal Medical Centre where he is currently receiving medical attention from prison custody, so bail is denied,”Eradri sad.

The judge adjourned the case to September 21, 2018 for commencement of trial.

 Counsel to the accused Iyekoroghe  told the court that he was being intimidated by the lead prosecuting Counsel,  Andrew Arthur,  who had earlier ordered the Investigating Police Officer in the case to summon him to the Police Headquarters.

He said that his invitation by the Police authourities while the case of his client was before a judge amounted to intimidation and hence his decision to draw the attention of the court to the incident whch occurred when the court adjoured  the matter earlier in the day to 3 pm for judgement on bail application.

Responding, Eradiri advised the defence counsel to table the matter at a later date within the trial as the Lead Defense Counsel was represented by another Consel, adding that it would be appropriate to make the complaint in his presence.

Posted 03/08/2018 8:55:17 PM

 

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