The future of Nigerian national, Joshua Okoronkwo who was pursuing medical studies in Grenada is up in the air.
The 23-year old is currently in front of female high court judge, Justice Paula Gilford facing a sexual-related offence for the Defilement of a Young Female and Permitting the Defilement of a Young Female.
The trial of Okoronkwo, who was studying at St. George’s University (SGU) started Monday at the St. George’s No.1 High Court in closed doors before a mixed jury.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has a total of six (6) witnesses to give evidence against Okoronkwo, who is facing indictable charges for Defilement of a Young Female between the ages of 13 and 16 and Permitting the Defilement of a Young Female.
The offences were allegedly committed against the 15-year-old school girl last June in the south of the island.
Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that Okoronkwo was close to completing his studies in medicine at SGU when the charges were laid against him by law enforcement officers.
The accused, who resided in Mont Toute, has been on remand at the Richmond Hill Prison since July 5, 2018.
Sources told THE NEW TODAY that the Nigerian has retained the services of Attorney-at-law Derick Sylvester to assist him in the trial.
Crown Counsel Brendon La Touché is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case involving a minor, the media is not allowed in court for the hearing.
However, information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that the teenager, along with her mother, were expected to be the first of the Prosecution’s six (6) witnesses to give evidence before the court.
The trial is expected to last for about 1-week, a source said.
The Nigerian is facing a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment on the indictable Defilement of a Young and 5 years maximum on the indictable Permitting the Defilement of a Young Female charge.