The lady was called into the box and Brother Thomas lawyer stood up to question her.
Lawyer: Please ma! Can you please relate your story just to refresh this honourable court on what happened on that fateful day?
Lady: I have been a member of the church and I have been seeing Pastor Chris for special prayers on a particular issue.
Lawyer: Sorry to interrupt you madam, but please can you state what that particular issue is?
”Objection My Lord” her lawyer shouted, Your Honour, there are some things that my client would want to keep personal as they are issues that concerns her integrity” the female lawyer said.
But Brother Thomas (Pastor Chris’s lawyer) quickly countered her saying.
”Your honour, the integrity and the freedom of a man is at stake here. Your honour not just an ordinary man but a man of God, whose church is at the risk of folding up. What could be more personal that is worth keeping compared to the life of this young man?”
Judge: Objection overrules! Let the question be answered.
“Thank you! Your honour! Please ma, answer the question. What is that personal issue that made you go to Pastor Chris?”
Lady: Well, I am 36 years old and I am yet to be married and we know in Nigeria, age has a very big effect on a lady when it comes to marriage issue. And so I went to see the pastor so that he can pray for me so that I can get a husband.
”Go on” the lawyer urged her.
Lady: And so he prayed with me that day and he told me that I will be needing special prayers and that I should come to his apartment later for it.
”And did you not bother to ask why his house? Why not the church?
Lady: I didn’t ask, because he is the pastor and knows what he is doing.
”Go on” he urged her.
Lady: On that fateful day, I called Pastor Chris that I was coming by 6pm like we agreed and he told me to wait that he was in a meeting and he would let me know when to come, later I got a text from Pastor Chris telling me to come now that he was home and that when I come I should go straight to the house that his door was unlocked. And so I went to the house.
”Did anyone see you come in?” The lawyer asked.
Lady: No sir! The gate was opened, the security man was not at the gate and so I’m not sure if he saw me.
”Alright go on”
Lady: When I got to the house, I entered and waited for almost an hour before he came in, he apologised for coming late and then said he wanted to quickly take his bath that I should give him few minutes. He went inside and I heard the shower running. After few minutes I heard him calling me to come and help him out for something. I asked him what was it but he said I should come. When I got there he was on his towel and before I could say anything, he pounced on me and tore my clothes and he raped me, I was screaming but before people could come and force the door opened he had already raped me.
”Did you struggle and try to fight back?” He asked.
Lady: Yes sir I did, I tried but he kept on slapping and pinching and scratching me. He beat me up and overpowered me, my whole body was filled with wounds.
”And after everything. I mean after he was caught, what happened”?
Lady: Some persons escorted me home to rest and the next day I came to the police station to report the case.
”Home? Why home? You said you were beaten up badly, injured, scratched and raped and you didn’t go to the hospital you went home, why?
Lady: Nothing! I didnt see any reason to go further to expose myself to the world and that is why. (She answered feeling uneasy)
”That will be all for now” the lawyer said as she stepped out of the interrogation box and Pastor Chris was called in.