Court Remands Cleric Who Defiled 7-Year Old Daughter, Then Uses White Handkerchief To Clean The Mess

An Ogbesun Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin yesterday
ordered the remand of a 41-year-old Prophet, Benjamin Bernard, in prison
custody for alleged defilement of his seven-year-old daughter.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiye Omoruyi, refused to admit
the cleric to bail. The Prosecutor, Kenneth Ugiagbe, said the pastor committed
the incest against his third daughter on Jan. 26.
Bernard pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of
defilement .
The minor, led in evidence by Ugiagbe, told the court that
after defiling her, Bernard used a white handkerchief to clean her private

She said her father warned her not to mention it to anyone
else, threatened to kill her if she disclosed it to anybody.

The court adjourned the matter till March16 for further

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