An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court yesterday sentenced one Sunday Oyedele to life imprisonment for defiling the three-year-old daughter (name withheld) of his neighbour.
While handing down the sentence, Justice Abiola Soladoye described the convict as a “sexual monster.”
Oyedele was convicted of a one-count charge of defilement brought against him by the state.
The Judge held that the prosecution had proved its case against the convict beyond a reasonable doubt.
“The defilement saga is unfortunate; the defendant is a sexual monster, a paedophile that should be locked away.
“The defendant, having been found guilty, is sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of fine,” he said.
Justice Soladoye also ordered that the convict’s name be registered in the Sex Offenders’ Register as maintained by the Lagos State Government.
The trio of the prosecution team, Olusola Soneye, Mrs Arinola Momoh-Ayokanbi and Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, had told the court that Oyedele committed the offence in November 2017.
The convict, who was arraigned on April 29, 2019, allegedly had unlawful sexual intercourse with the toddler at the Itamaga area of Ikorodu Lagos.
During the trial, four witnesses, including Dr Oyedeji Alagbe, a medical doctor from the Mirabel Centre (a Sexual Assault Referral Centre) testified for the prosecution.
Dr Alagbe in his evidence had told the court that medical examinations revealed that the minor was defiled anally and vaginally. Oyedele, who was led in defence by his counsel, Kelechi Obi, testified solely in his defence.
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