An Okada rider, Wale Isaiah, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling a 10-year-old girl.
This is the judgement of the Domestic and Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos presided over by Justice Abiola Soladoye.
In her judgement, Justice Soladoye said the prosecution proved the essential ingredients of defilement beyond reasonable doubt and that the victim was consistent in her oral testimony which she said was corroborated by other evidence before the court and found the defendant guilty as charged.
According to the judge the corroborative evidence showed there was penetration of the hymen, excessive laceration, perennial tear of the vagina, and that the injury to the vagina is such as seen in sexual assault.
She added that the defendant is a sexual lunatic who took advantage of the poor victim who was on errand to supply sugar to her mother’s customer.
Justice Soladoye sentenced the convict to life imprisonment and added that the convict name should be entered into the register of sexual offenders in Lagos State.
The judge also advised parents and guardians, she reminded them that school age children should not be found on the streets as doing so violates the Child Rights of Lagos State, 2015.
According to the state prosecutors, Mr. Olusola Soneye and Mrs. Olufunke Adedokun, the convict committed the offence on April 25, 2018 at Magboro along Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
Five witnesses presented evidence during trial. They are the survivor, her father and a medical doctor while Wale along with his father testified in his defence.
The survivor in her testimony, said that the defendant sexually assaulted her when she was on errands to sell sugar for her mother.