A 60-year-old gardener, Sunday Akpan, who allegedly defiled an 11-year-old fish hawker, on Wednesday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, Lagos.
The police charged Akpan, who resides in Ebute Ilaje, Bariga Lagos, with defilement.
He pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution counsel, ASP Nurudeen Thomas, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 15, at 10 a.m. at his residence in Bariga, Lagos.
He alleged that Akpan tricked the minor into following him home to collect money for the fish he bought.
Thomas said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Chief Magistrate P.E. Nwakpa admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Nwakpa adjourned the case until Aug.17 for hearing.