Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Deeper Life School: Court commences trial under closed-door

The trial of the Deeper Life High School s3xual abuse case commenced on Wednesday in Uyo, with the magistrate court holding its proceedings under closed-door.

Two students of the school, both of them 13 years old, accused of s3xually molesting a fellow student, an 11-year-old boy, are being prosecuted by the police.

Five officials of the school, including a suspended principal, are also on trial.

An official, said to be the court registrar, asked people, including lawyers, who were not parties in the case, to leave the courtroom before the proceedings began.

Reporters were asked to leave too, as a court official began closing the doors and windows in the courtroom.

A lawyer, who was not part of the case, explained to people, mostly reporters, that it was necessary to hold the court proceedings under closed-door because minors were involved.

By 10:30 a.m., the victim of the alleged abuse was seen stepping out of the courtroom, accompanied by his dad, Iniobong Archibong, while the proceeding was going on.

“His mother is about to give her testimony, that is why we have been asked to stay outside,” Mr Archibong told Premium Times.

The victim, a JSS1 student of the Deeper Life School, was alleged to have been s3xually molested between October and December inside the school dormitory by the two senior students when he was switched from his dormitory to another that was filled with senior students.

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