There was mild drama at the Rivers State judiciary complex yesterday, after a 38-year-old man, Ibinabo Franklyn, who is being accused of raping his 17-year-old daughter, attempted to kill himself with broken tiles and bottle .
The Chief Magistrate, F.N. Amanze, Esq, had ordered that the accused person be remanded in the Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison custody and referred the case file to the director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for advice, adjourning the matter to December 23, 2016 for mention.
Shortly after the Chief Magistrate rose and the accused was handcuffed and was being led out of the court, that he got hold of one of the tiles which were brought to the court probably as exhibit, broke it and started stabbing himself in the throat.
Not satisfied, the accused went ahead and got hold of a bottle, continued stabbing and knocking himself on the wall. It took the intervention of some security operatives who went through the back door and got hold of him.
The accused was said to have had sex with biological daughter, who is also a product of rape, on the 23rd of this month at Okujagu community in Port Harcourt local government area of the state.
It was gathered that the accused had chained his daughter in the house and left a bucket where she could urinate, then locked her up and went to work after raping her, so that she would not escape.
According to one of the officers, it took the intervention of neighbours who broke into the house and rescued the girl.