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Painter Sentence To Life Imprisonment For Defiling Neighbor’s Daughter

An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court have sentenced a painter, Sunday Ajibade, to life imprisonment for defiling a 14-year-old daughter of his neighbor.

Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution had proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the charge of defilement against Ajibade, a resident of Abule-Egba in Lagos.

Soladoye also held that the court found the survivor’s
evidence straight, neat, and uncontroversial as she identified the defendant, who sent her to bring his torn clothing from the room and hurriedly followed her, pulled out a knife, threatened her, and forcefully had sex with her.

According to Soladoye, the defendant is a pathological liar who feeds on the innocence of the survivor.

“The survivor told this court that she went to sew a piece of cloth at her neighbor’s house, who is a tailor when the defendant beckoned on her to help him bring his torn clothing from his room.

“She said that as soon as she entered his room, the defendant ran after her, pulled out a knife, pointed same at her, threatened to kill her if she told anyone what he was about to do to her, and forcefully had canal knowledge of her.

“The survivor said she saw blood on her clothes when she got home and reported it to her mother when she came back from the market.

“The second prosecution witness, who is the mother of the survivor said that the defendant lived three houses from their house and that she was not at home on the day of the incident.

“She told this court that she noticed her daughter getting lean and refusing to eat and narrated her ordeal which made her report the case at Oko-Oba Police Station.

The judge said that the survivor’s mother testified that the defendant tried to run away but he was later arrested to face the music and that all efforts made by the defendant’s family to beg the mother of the survivor proved abortive as she was bent on getting justice for her daughter.

Soladoye said that the issues raised by the defence that the evidence of the survivor was not corroborated and that there was no medical report did not hold water.

She said this was because the prosecution had proved each of the essential ingredients of defilement against the defendant.

According to her, the child who appeared before this court is underage.

“She stated clearly and I believe her that the defendant forcefully had sex with her as her consent could not have been obtained.

“On the issue of corroboration, the testimony of the survivor was corroborated by her mother’s testimony.

“On the issue of the prosecution not tendering a medical report, it is right law, that tendering of the medical report is not mandatory to establish the offence of defilement.

“Upon careful review of all the evidence tendered before this honorable court, both oral and documentary, the court finds the prosecution witnesses truthful and credible in their testimonies.

“The confessional statement of the defendant which was tendered and admitted into evidence, in this case, showed he committed the offence and his denial while giving his evidence is a means to lie his way through.”

Soladoye, thereafter, pronounced the defendant guilty as charged and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

She ordered that Ajibade should have his name registered in the sexual offences register as maintained by Lagos State Government.

The judge also cautioned children to be very careful while running errands for irresponsible adults like the defendant.

“It is becoming a recurring decimal that these kids, whenever they are sent to buy anything, they are told to drop in the room.

In this case, where the defendant told the girl to bring his torn clothing from his room but he went after her, pounced on her, and forcefully defiled her.

“Kids should learn from this and avoid being entrapped by irresponsible pedophiles like this defendant.

“Children should be schooled on how to run errands and they should avoid going to rooms to deliver such messages as this is becoming very dangerous and it is a modus-operandi adopted by pedophiles,” she said.

The state counsel, Ms. Abimbola Abolade, called two witnesses while the defendant testified as the sole witness.

According to the prosecution, the offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

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Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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