A court in the Gambia sentenced a 63-year-old man, Modou Cham to five years in prison with hard labor for raping a 13-year-old girl.
Cham was arrested by the police in November 2014 in Banjul.
Justice Simeon A. Abi of the High Court said that he finds and hold that the act of sexual intercourse had taken place unlawfully having been obtained without the consent of the victim and by force by the accused person.
Prosecutors presented a medical report to collaborate the accusation against Cham, called ten witnesses and tendered several exhibits.
Activists are frowning on the sentencing calling it light. Gambia’s laws have strict sentencing for rape.
It remains unclear if Cham will be given time served for the days he spent in jail while the trial was ongoing or if prosecutors will appeal to get longer jail time.
Gambian authorities this month have been on a hunt for a serial rapist in its Kombo North area, where an eight-year-old girl was raped to death, a woman slashed with a razor and another strangled.