A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt Rivers State has convicted one Goodnews Thompson and Kperebong Emmason to 24 years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing and trafficking two years and four months old Etim Gospel George.
The Court sentenced the convicts on three-count charge bothering on Child Stealing, Conspiracy and Trafficking of Etim Gospel George on 18th October, 2018, at Komkom village in Oyigbo Local Government Area, and he is yet to be seen till date.
In her judgement delivery, the Chief Magistrate, Felicitas Amanze, found Goodnews Thompson the 1st Defendant, Sunday Jonah 2nd Defendant who is late while in prison and Kperebong Emmason 3rd Defendant guilty for stealing and selling little Etim George at the sum of three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N350,000).
The Court found them guilty under section 39 of the Child Right Act, for stealing an only son of one Mary Gospel George, a widow who lost her husband sometime last year in a pipeline fire outbreak at Komkom in Oyigbo local government.
Amanze sentenced the convicts to 7 years imprisonment on count 1, 7 years on count 2 and ten years on count 3, making a total of 24 years imprisonment with hard labour, which will run consecutively.
Speaking to our correspondent, Counsel representing FIDA, Kemi Ogunake, commended the court judgement.
“I am quite satisfied with the judgement of the court, I expected that victims will be exposed today and that was just what happened.
“Let today’s judgement serve as a warning against evil in the state and the country at large.
“From the judgement and the processes of the court, it is very clear that the victims actually committed the crime. There are no enough fact and evidences to prove their points.
“Like I said before, we are very much satisfied with the judgement and if they want to go further, we are ready to follow them to any length”, she said.