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Carpenter Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For S3xually Assaulting 12-year-old Girl

Posted by Amarachi on Tue 05th Mar, 2024 - tori.ng

In a judgment delivered on Monday, March 4, Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution was able to prove the offence of defilement against the convict without reasonable doubt.

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A 79-year-old carpenter, Olagbade Jeremiah, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court sitting in Ikeja for defiling a 12-year-old girl.

In a judgment delivered on Monday, March 4, Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution was able to prove the offence of defilement against the convict without reasonable doubt.

Jeremiah was arraigned on a count of s3xual assault by penetration preferred against him by the state. During the trial, the lead prosecution counsel, Olusola Soneye, told the court that the offence committed contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Soneye, who is a Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court that the convict s3xually assaulted the victim by inserting his finger in her v*gina.

He said the incident took place in 2021 in the workshop of the convict in the Mammy Barracks Market in the Ojo area of Lagos State.

During the trial, the prosecution called three witnesses, including the victim.

While delivering her judgment, Soladoye held that the victim testified that she used to hawk sachet water and that the convict used to buy every sachet water in her possession whenever she was not able to sell everything. According to the judge, the victim stated in her testimony that she was given N100 by the convict every time he performed the act on her.

“He usually gave me money. Before he gives me the money, he removes my pants. Every time it happens, he gives me N100.''

Justice Soladoye also stated that the victim did not inform anybody about the incident because she was afraid her mother would beat her. She said the victim’s mother beat her up when she found out and gave her sachet water to hawk.

“I could not tell my mother because she would beat me up. My pocket money was N30. So, anytime I went to him (the convict), he would give me N100.”


According to Justice Soladoye, he initially denied knowing the victim, only through the mother of the victim.

However, under cross-examination, he said he knew the victim.

The judge said;

“He denied knowing the victim but admitted knowing her through her mother. He also denied having anything to do with the poor girl. Under cross-examination, he stated that the victim was known to him. He claimed not to understand the English language whereas he gave evidence in the English language before this honourable court.”

Justice Sholadoye described the convict as a “pathological liar.”

While delivering judgment, the judge held that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was believable and truthful. She stated that the testimony of the victim was corroborated by the other prosecution witnesses saying the witness’ testimonies were “incredible, compelling and cogent.” She also held that their evidence established the offence of s3xual assault by penetration.

“I am convinced that the prosecution has proved each of the ingredients of s3xual assault by penetration,” noting that the mother of the victim was also to be blamed. The mother is blameworthy for sending her daughter to go and hawk sachet water. The defendant is indeed a very dirty old man who took advantage of a 12-year-old girl and turned her v*gina into a playhouse
.” the judge said

She convicted the defendant on the one count charge of s3xual assault by penetration and sentenced him to life imprisonment ordering that the name of the convict should be registered in the Lagos State S3xual Offences Register.
 



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