2010-09-09 / Local & State

Pa. Man Charged With Seeking Death Of Rape Victim

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – A man convicted of raping a fellow immigrant from Sierra Leone in suburban Philadelphia has now been charged with trying to hire another prison inmate to kill her.

Thirty-seven-year-old Foday Kanu is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Montgomery County. The former Broomall resident is serving a 16- to 32-year sentence on convictions of rape and sexual assault.

Prosecutors allege that Kanu approached another Graterford Prison inmate in April and offered $5,000 to kill the victim before his next court appearance, at which he planned to seek a new trial. Prison authorities allege that they intercepted two letters from Kanu to a relative also seeking the death of the woman.

Defense attorney Jack McMahon said at a hearing last week that he knew nothing about the pending charges.

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