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Court sentences security guard to life in prison for child defilement



Father remanded in prison custody for defiling teenage daughters at knifepoint

The Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja, on Monday sentenced a security guard, Blessing Okon, to life imprisonment for defiling a 14-year-old student in the state.

The prosecution told the court that the defendant committed the offense in the Ikoyi area of the state on September 13, 2019.

The prosecution presented the victim, her father, and a medical doctor to testify in the case.

The victim told the court the convict had been sexually harassing her since she was nine years old.

In her ruling, Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution had proved the essential ingredients of defilement beyond a reasonable doubt.

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She said the victim was consistent in her testimony before the court, adding that the testimony established that the defendant had been having sexual contact with the girl for more than five years.

Soladoye said: “This defendant is lacking in compassion for having sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. There was overwhelming evidence against him as presented by the prosecution. He therefore should pay for his sex crime.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment without an option of fine.”

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