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Pastor Peter Alatake, General overseer of the Holy Ghost Mission Church has been arraigned before an Owo Magistrate court for raping a 16-year-old epileptic teenager.
Pastor Alatake abused his office as the pastor of the Church and decided to s3xually molest the secondary school girl after the victim was taken to his church for deliverance, rather than conduct the said spiritual exercise on the girl Pastor Alatake bounced on the sick girl raping her severally, it was said.
Pastor Alatake was alleged to have raped the girl between the 15 and 20th of April and it led to the victim developing complications in her vagina and anus.
A medical test conducted at Medical Centre, Owo reportedly confirmed the complications before the suspect was arrested.
Pastor Alatake was arraigned on a one-count charge of unlawfully having carnal knowledge of a minor, an offence punishable under section 357 of the criminal laws of Ondo state.
He pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him and the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye announced the decision of the state to prosecute the case.
Counsel to the suspect, Aderemi Adetula, pleaded for bail in view of the ongoing decongestion of prisons and promised to provide credible sureties to ensure his client is available for justice.
Presiding Magistrate, Olubumi Dosumu, granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.
The sureties, according to Dosumu, must be a general overseer of a reputable church in Owo and a Director in the civil service with national identity card, evidence of one year tax clearance and landed property in the magisterial district
The case was adjourned to June 18, 2020 for further hearing based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution.