Appeal Court sustains 7 year sentence on pastor who raped minor


Appeal Court in Abuja has sustained the conviction and sentencing of a pastor, Apostle Basil Princewill for raping a 14-year-old girl and attempting to abort the resultant pregnancy.

Justice Baba-Yusuf of High Court, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), had in a judgment on June 25, 2019, convicted Princewill, Founder and General Overseer of the Mountain Mover Fire Ministry of International, Nyanya, Abuja, on two out of the four counts contained in the charge on which he was tried.

Princewill was sentenced to seven years for rape and five years for attempting to procure abortion, a decision he appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Justice Stephen Adah of Appeal Court, reading a unanimous judgment of a panel on three on Tuesday,  said the appellate court found nothing wrong with the judgment given on June 25, 2019, by Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the High Court.


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