Lagos High Court Sentenced Man To Life Imprisonment for Defiling 4 Year Old Girl


The Lagos State Sexual Offences & Domestic Violence Court Sentenced, Sunday Uche to Life Imprisonment for Defiling a 4 Year Old Girl.

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

Justice Ramon Oshodi held that the prosecution was able to prove the offence of defilement against the convict without reasonable doubt, stating that the defendant’s actions were heinous and deserving of the maximum punishment under the law.

Uche was remanded in custody on February 1, 2017, on a count of defilement by penetration preferred against him by the state, to which he pleaded not guilty.

According to the prosecution counsel, I.D. Solarin, the offence committed by Uche contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

The court heard that the incident occurred on February 2, 2017, in the house of the convict.

Uche, who worked as a groundnut trader, defiled the minor in his home after she came to beg for groundnuts.

Justice Oshodi further held, “This is a grave offence that carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. The parts of this case are alarming: you took advantage of a four-year-old girl who came to you simply asking for groundnut. You exploited her vulnerability and trust, in the most heinous way imaginable.The physical and psychological harm you have inflicted on this young girl is immeasurable and likely to have a long-lasting effect.”

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.

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