Man Bags Life Imprisonment for Defiling Neighbour’s Five-year-old Daughter

The Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has sentenced Ugochukwu Onuoha to life imprisonment for defiling his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter.

Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his judgment, held that the prosecution had established beyond reasonable doubt, the charge of defilement against Onuoha.

Oshodi said the prosecutrix (survivor) was a child at the time of the incident. He said the prosecutrix’s mother’s evidence that Onuoha apologised and promised not to do it again was an admission which corroborated the prosecutrix’s evidence.

According to him: “There is abundant evidence that the defendant committed the crime. “She maintained this during cross-examination and gave further details to embellish her evidence in chief. “The evidence shows that the defendant had defiled the survivor, who, to his knowledge, was a child.”

The court further held that the medical evidence showed short and long-term impacts on the survivor like structural damage to the vagina, the uterus, and other surrounding organs.

Oshodi said: “According to the medical evidence, “The psychology of the victim was affected and may require years of counselling.
“You offered no words of consolation for the survivor and her family and I do not know at this time what the total ramifications will be for the survivor. “The extent of damage you have done to the survivor for your sexual gratification is mind-boggling and you did not show any sign of remorse.”

The judge sentenced him to life imprisonment and also ordered that his name be registered in the Lagos State Sexual Offences Register.

The prosecutor, Mr Adedipupo Adewetan, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on June 20, 2021 on Achakpo St., Olodi Apapa, Lagos.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

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