Crime

Electrician Jail for Life over Rape of Minor

A 27-year-old electrician, Olamide Ayodele has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for defiling the eight-year-old daughter of his benefactor.

The judge held that the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convict.

Justice Soladoye held that the court found that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was believable and consistent.

She said, “The defendant is immoral, a mega liar, ungrateful, unkind, ruthless and rash in his conduct considering 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 defence to pin the offence on the survivor’s brother were unsuccessful.

“The attempt of the defence 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 ingredients of defilement against the defendant.

“I hereby find the defendant guilty as charged; he is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.”

The judge further ordered that the convict be registered in the sexual offenders’ register of the state.

The state prosecution counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke and Ms Abimbola Abolade, told the court that the convict committed the offence on January 19, 2020, around 3pm on Ofini Street, Ijaiye, Meiran, Lagos.

The prosecution stated that the survivor was sleeping in the afternoon when the convict entered the room, covered her mouth with cloths, defiled her and immediately left the house to watch football in a viewing centre.

According to the prosecutor, the grandma of the survivor entered the room, saw her in a pool of blood and reported the case to the police.

During the trial, the prosecution called five witnesses, while the defendant testified as a sole witness for the defence.

Culled / Titilayo Kupoliyi

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