An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Home Violence Courtroom, on Monday, sentenced a 53-year-old rubber dealer, Kenneth Mba, to life imprisonment for defiling a good friend’s 12-year-old daughter.
Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his judgement, held that the prosecution proved the cost of defilement towards the convict past an affordable doubt.
The choose handed down the decision after discovering Mr Mba responsible of the offence of defilement of a minor.
Mr Oshodi stated the convict’s confessional assertion that he defiled the survivor in his room thrice and gave her N200 every time after intercourse was corroborated with the survivor’s testimony.
He, nonetheless, stated his oral proof to deflate the cost didn’t maintain water.
Mr Oshodi referred to the convict as a pathological liar whose testimony was an afterthought as his testimony lacked credibility.
He stated the convict betrayed the belief the survivor’s father had for him, as they’d been associates for over 20 years.
The choose held that the proof of the survivor was unequivocal, straight ahead and stuffed with readability.
The choose additionally held that the confessional assertion was in step with the proof earlier than the court docket.
“I need to settle for that his confessional assertion is true, as it’s constant, unequivocal and corroborated by the prosecutor’s proof.
“The medical report additionally corroborated the prosecution witness proof,” he stated.
Mr Oshodi, thereafter, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
He additionally ordered that the convict’s identify be registered within the Lagos State Sexual Offences Register.
“You could have been convicted of defilement and the offence is grave.
“You, on the age of 51, had intercourse along with your good friend’s daughter, whom you knew was 12 years previous.
“Regardless of the overwhelming proof earlier than the court docket, you got here to lie in your oral proof.”
Mr Oshodi held that the cost towards him carried a compulsory sentence.
“I hereby sentence you to life imprisonment.
“You shall serve your time period within the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, the place you’re at present being held,” he stated.
The state counsel, Inumidun Solaarin, offered three witnesses, whereas the convict testified as a sole witness.
Ms Solaarin submitted that the convict dedicated the offence someday in April 2021 on Ogunjimi Road, Iwaya, Yaba Lagos.
In keeping with her, the offence contravenes Part 137 of the Legal Legal guidelines of Lagos State, 2015.
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