Kenneth Mba, 53-year-old rubber trader, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for defiling his friend’s 12-year-old daughter.
According to Justice Rahman Oshodi, the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convict beyond a reasonable doubt.
He added that the convict’s confessional statement that he defiled the survivor in his room three times and gave her N200 each time after sex, was corroborated with the survivor’s testimony.
He also said that the confessional statement was consistent with the evidence before the court.
“I must accept that his confessional statement is true as it is consistent, unequivocal and corroborated the prosecutor’s evidence. The medical report also corroborated the prosecution witnesses’ evidence,” he said.
After pronouncing the sentence, the judge ordered that the convict’s name be registered in the Lagos State Sexual Offences Register.
“You have been convicted of defilement and the offence is grave. You, at the age of 51, had sex with your friend’s daughter, whom you knew was 12 years old.
Despite the overwhelming evidence before the court, you came to lie in your oral evidence,” the court said. “You shall serve your term in Ikoyi Custodial Centre where you are currently being held,” he said.
The offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
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