A bricklayer, Gabriel Awaye, has been convicted of defiling a 13-year-old girl inside his room by the Lagos Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja.
In her judgment, Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution proved the ingredients of the two counts of defilement and sexual assault against Awaye.
According to Justice Soladoye, as a result of his audacious sexual recklessness, the defendant was not fit to be a member of a civilized community and should be locked away for life.
The judge noted that during the survivor’s testimony, she was lucid and unambiguous and other prosecution witnesses also corroborated it.
“I find the defendant guilty of both counts and sentence him to life imprisonment, and I direct him to have his name registered in the Lagos State Sexual Offender’s register”
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The judge said that the prosecution witness one (survivor) testified before this court that she was at her grandmother’s place when her friend, Rofiat told her that her sister had sent for her.
“The witness said when she got to the place, she did not meet her sister but saw the defendant who pushed her on the mat and sodomised her.
“The evidence of the defendant is laced with lies as he tried to detach himself from the offence by saying the mother of the survivor tried to have a sexual relationship with him.
“To the mind of this court, the prosecution witnesses were truthful in their testimonies and their shreds of evidence were corroborated.”
The judge said upon careful evidence adduced before the court, the court found Awaye guilty of the two-count charge.
The state counsel, Ms Abimbola Abolade prevented three witnesses during the trial while the convict testified as sole witness.
The prosecutor submitted that the convict committed the offences on June 2 2021, on Agbawaye Street, Command, Agbado Oke-Odo, Lagos.
According to the prosecution, the offences contravened Sections 127 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.