On Tuesday, January 25, a man named Sunday Oyedele was sentenced to life in prison by an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court for defiling his neighbor’s three-year-old daughter (name withheld).
Oyedele was found guilty of a single count of defilement prosecuted by the Lagos state government.
The prosecution’s trio, Olusola Soneye, Mrs Arinola Momoh-Ayokanbi, and Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, informed the court that Oyedele, who was arraigned on April 29, 2019, committed the crime in November 2017 in the Itamaga area of Ikorodu Lagos.
Four witnesses, including Dr Oyedeji Alagbe, a medical doctor from the Mirabel Centre (a Sexual Assault Referral Centre) testified for the prosecution during the trial. Dr Alagbe told the court that medical examinations revealed that the minor was defiled anally and vaginally.
Oyedele, who was led in defence by his counsel, Kelechi Obi, testified solely in his defence. Ruling on the case, Justice Abiola Soladoye who described the convict as a “sexual monster”, held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The judge said; “The defilement saga is unfortunate; the defendant is a sexual monster, a paedophile that should be locked away.
” Soladoye then handed him a life imprisonment sentence without an option of fine. His name is also to be added in the sex offenders’ register maintained by the Lagos state government.