Admin l Wednesday, January 18, 2023
IKEJA, Lagos, Nigeria – A Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a 27-year-old electrician, Olamide Ayodele, to life imprisonment for defiling the 8-year-old daughter of a man who gave him shelter.
Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution had convincingly proved the charge of defilement against the convict, who committed the crime when he was 25 years old.
According to Soladoye, the court found that the evidence of the respective prosecution witnesses were believable and consistent.
She said: “The defendant is immoral, a mega liar, ungrateful, unkind, ruthless and rash in his conduct considering that the survivor’s father picked him from the streets and treated him like one of his children.
“The court particularly noted that the attempts of the defense to pin the offence on the survivor’s brother was unsuccessful.
“The attempt of the defense to also mislead the court by stating that the evidence of the survivor’s brother was expunged when in fact it was not. This was a complete misrepresentation of the records of the Court.
“Lastly, the evidence of the defendant was wrought with lies and unreliable as he desperately sought to distance himself from the alleged offence. I am satisfied that the prosecution has proved the ingredient of defilement against the defendant.
“I, hereby, find the defendant guilty as charged and he is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment,”
The judge ordered that the convict should have his name registered in the Sexual Offenders Register as maintained by Lagos State.
The state counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke and Ms Abimbola Abolade told the court that the convict committed the offence on Jan. 19, 2020 about 3.00 p. m. on Ofini Street, Ijaiye, Meiran in Lagos.
The prosecution submitted that the survivor was sleeping in the afternoon when the convict entered the room, covered her mouth with cloth, defiled her and immediately left the house to watch football in a viewing centre.
According to the prosecutors, the grandma of the survivor entered the room and saw her in a pool of blood and reported the case to police.
The prosecution called five witnesses during trial while the defendant testified as a sole witness for defence. The offence is contrary to Section137 of the Criminal Law, 2015.