Justice Sybil Nwaka of a Lagos Sexual and domestic violence Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja on Monday sentenced a 48-years old man, Adelaja Olaide to a sixty-years jail term for defiling a 7-years old girl.
While sentencing Adelaja , Justice Nwaka described him as an animal without conscience.
“The defendant was charge of a sexual offence of defilement and he has been convicted accordingly.
The evidences proved against him by the prosecution are overwhelming and he is not fit to walk freely in the society.
Justice Nwaka further described the convict as a predator, walking around and looking for little girls to devour.
“With people like you roaming on the street, our children are no longer safe and this judgement will send a signal to pedophiles like you .
“To defile a child means to dishonor, to demoralize and to injure that person because you have created a wound that can never be healed within that person.
“I am satisfied that the prosecution has diligently done it’s case and I so convict the defendant.
I hereby sentenced you, Adelaja Olaide to 60 years imprisonment without an option of fine,” she said.
The prosecution had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offence at No. 17, Otun Oluwo street, Ikotun Lagos
According to the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Babajide Boye, the convict defiled one Adijat, 7 years by having sexual intercourse with her .
“The defendant was exposed by his daughter who reported the act he committed with the victim to her mother.
“The defendant’s daughter Oriyomi has gone to meet the victims’ mother to report to her that her father sent her to call the victim and thereafter had sex with her.
The matter was reported at Olosan Police station and the convict, Adelaja was arrested.
Both the defendant and the victim gave a voluntary statement to the police while the victim was referred to Ketu General Hospital for a medical check up.
Adelaja however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
During the trial, a medical doctor, Mr. Yekini Muyideen also testified before the court.
In his evidence, the doctor said his findings revealed that there was a broken hymen and a pool of sperm was found on the victim.
“While giving evidence, the survivor also identified the defendant as “Ijebu” as he is being called.
She also told the court that “Ijebu” sent her daughter to call her and thereafter removed her pants and had sex with her.
In her allocutus, counsel to the defendant urged the court to tamper justice with mercy.
” My lord, the defendant is a first time offender and he has been incarcerated since 2016. He is a family man and and as a result of his remand, his family has suffered greatly.
“I urge your lordship to have mercy on him because he has turned a new leaf and has realized the gravity of his offence.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Boye, however urged the court to allow justice to prevail.
“The defendant has been found guilty and we prayed your lordship to pass down the judgement as required.
Boye said the judgement will serve as a warning to perpetrators in the state.
“We also use this opportunity to encourage victims who have been abused to speak out without being afraid.
“The state of Lagos will always stand by you and fight for you. Lagos state is committed to to a society that is free and safe for all,” He said.