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 part.
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 hearing.