Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Lagos State Home Violence and Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja, on Wednesday, sentenced a middle-aged man, Adewale Ibitoye, to life imprisonment for defiling his 14-year-old daughter.
Ibitoye was convicted alongside his pal, Moses Okrukpe, who additionally had illegal sexual activity with the minor which resulted in her being pregnant.
In her ruling, the choose held that the prosecution had proved its case in opposition to the convicts past an inexpensive doubt.
She described as barbaric Ibitoye’s choice to sleep along with his underage daughter a number of occasions earlier than passing her on to his pal for a pseudo-marriage over a bottle of gin.
Justice Soladoye mentioned: “The survivor testified that her father had sexual activity together with her on a number of events and that her father gave her hand in marriage to the second convict after he visited their home and gifted her father, a bottle of gin.
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“She mentioned the second defendant had sexual activity together with her which led to being pregnant and the primary defendant in his testimony, confirmed that he collected a bottle of gin from his pal as wedding ceremony rights.
“The testimony of the survivor was vivid and unshaken throughout cross-examination as the primary prosecution witness, a pastor, testified earlier than the courtroom that the survivor misplaced the two-month-old child due to lack of care and malnutrition.
“The testimony of the third prosecution witness, a police investigative officer, additionally confirmed to the courtroom that the survivor was 14 years when she began dwelling with the second defendant as his spouse and that he registered her in an area hospital in Ijebu Ode whereas she was pregnant with the newborn.”
She maintained that by legislation, a 14-year-old lady can not give consent in marriage and condemned the daddy for partaking her daughter in the act.
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