Lagos Court Sentenced Man To Life Imprisonment For Defiling Neighbour's 11 Year Old Daughter

The Lagos State Sexual Offences & Domestic Violence Court Sentenced, Rasheed Wasiu to Life Imprisonment for Defiling his Neighbour’s 11 Year Old Daughter.

His name will be registered in the Sexual Offenders Register as maintained by Lagos State.

Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his judgment, held that Wasiu defiled the survivor in a beastly manner and showed no remorse even after the sentencing. Oshodi said that the offence of defilement was grave and attracted a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

According to him, the convict lied in his evidence before the court. He said notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence against the convict, he continued to deny the offence.

The judge further said there was consistent evidence that the survivor, Prosecution Witness Three (PW3), was 11 years old as of March 2018, when the events that led to this prosecution occurred.

He held that the prosecution has established beyond reasonable doubt that the survivor was a child as of March 2018.

The judge said: “It is undisputed that the prosecutrix (PW3) and the defendant lived in the same house in Apapa, Lagos.
“The crime scene is the general toilet in the house, which is in the backyard and the IPO gave a satisfactory description of it.
“He stated that the bathroom was beside the toilet and they were both dark because there was no lighting in the backyard.

The State Counsel, led by Mr Babajide Boye, called four witnesses to establish its case against the convict, while the defence called three witnesses in a bid to deny the allegation.

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

The Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency reiterates the State’s Zero tolerance stance and insists that there is help for survivors even as we remain committed to ensuring perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

Let’s continuously break the culture of silence !

Report any case of Domestic or Sexual Violence by calling our Toll Free Line - 08000 333 333.

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