Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court in Igbosere yesterday convicted and sentenced a 28-year-old man, Kingsley Inyang to life imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl.
Justice Ogunsanya jailed the convict after she found him guilty of defiling the girl, a junior secondary school (JSS) two pupil, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Inyang, who was arraigned before the court by the Lagos State government on March 3, 2017, committed the offence at 16, Adetunde Arogundade Street, Fagba, a Lagos suburb.
The convict, according to the state, defiled the girl, his church member in his home on July 26, 2015.
He ,however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.
In her judgment on Monday, Justice Ogunsanya held that the prosecution team led by Adebayo Haroun proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge held that Inyang’s defence was inconsistent with the testimony of his girlfriend, who stated that on the day of the incident, he spent only 15 minutes with her, contrary to Inyang’s claim that he was with her the whole day.
The victim had told the court that the first time Inyang defiled her was on a Sunday evening after a fellowship service, following which he threatened to assault her if she told anyone.
Three days later, as she and her younger brother passed his house on their way home from bible study, he beckoned on her again.
“He sent my brother outside and forced me to make love to him and said that I should not let anybody know, otherwise he was going to beat me,” she said.
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