Convicted Nigerian Pastor Revival Womo Sam has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for trafficking a teenage Liberian girl to Nigeria whom he later impregnated.
He was indicted on 22 January 2019 in Montserrado for trafficking in person, kidnapping and statutory rape.
But in the course of the trial, Criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie transferred the rape charge to the Criminal Court “E” which has exclusive jurisdiction over rape and other sexual offenses here.It is expected that defendant Sam faces further trial, this time at Criminal Court “E” for statutory rape.
Handing down the court’s final judgment Monday, 1 April, Judge Willie rules that convict Sam will spend eight years behind bars, while the rest of the two years will be supervised by prison authorities.
This will depend on good behavior as will be reported by prison authorities.Defendant Sam who runs the Global Revival Movement here was earlier found guilty by a jury panel on Thursday, 21 March.
Due to several bad dreams reported by the victim, her parents turned her over to convict Sam in 2016 for spiritual cleansing.But he began sexually abusing the teenage girl after she had stayed some time under his care.
However the victim who may now be in her 15 years testified during trial of the case that she was never a virgin when she had her first sex with Prophet Sam.
As time went by the victim’s family demanded defendant Sam to return their daughter to them because they did not like how he exercised too much influence over the victim.
At the time they were here in Liberia, Judge Willie says convict Sam registered the victim in the J.W. Harris High School by using a fake change of name document from a purported lawyer.
The Judge says defendant Prophet Sam gave false information to the school’s registrar about the victim, and instructed the registrar that nobody should go behind him concerning information about the victim.
Convict Sam had managed to obtain some fake change of name documents to change the victim’s name, secured passport for her and travelled with her to Nigeria, using her as sexual servitude.Her family travelled to Nigeria, exerted efforts and brought the victim back to Liberia, but convict Sam returned to Liberia too.
The victim’s family however had suspicion that the convict was here to await the victim to give birth so that he could secretly take the baby away.Convict Sam was reported to the police, leading to his arrest and charge for multiple crimes including human trafficking, statutory rape and kidnapping.
By Winston W. Parley