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Defilement of 10-year-old lands man life imprisonment

Ayodele Olalere

For defiling his 10-year-old neighbour, a 43-year-old auto mechanic has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The convict, Friday Imoh was sentenced on Wednesday by Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.

According to lead state counsel, Mr Olusola Soneye, the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 31, 2019 at Ajegunle, Lagos.

He was found guilty of a two-count charge of defilement of a child and threatening violence contrary to Sections 137 and 56 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.

According to the court, the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the defendant. It described the conduct of the convict as ‘cruel, callous, despicable and condemnable in all ramifications.’

“Having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old clearly shows that the defendant is morally corrupt and indeed pure evil,” the court said.

“He should be made to pay for his conduct with the hope that this sanction will serve as a deterrent to other prospective paedophiles to keep off from sexually molesting children in this state of excellence.

The court refused to hear the allocutus (plea for mercy) of defence counsel, Mrs Jenifer Ekweokporo.

During hearing, the Prosecution narrated how the convict defiled the minor.

“Imoh sent the underage child of his neighbour to buy some sachet water and apples. When she went to his apartment to deliver the items, he forcefully had unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

“After committing the offence, he threatened to kill her if she told anybody about what transpired however, the child informed her mother,” he said.