An Ondo State High court sitting in Akure has sentenced a teacher, Omotayo Adanlawo to life imprisonment for raping a 10 year old girl.
The judge, justice Samuel Bola who gave the judgement said defendant failed to give convincing evidence and testimony to prove his innocence in the rape allegations
The defendant attends the victim’s Father’s church.
On 24th august 2018, the defendant Omotayo Adanlawo allegedly went to the victim’s house at Iju while she was alone and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her with a warning her not to tell anyone else she will die.
When the victim started complaining of stomach pains and could not walk afterwards, her mother took her to a hospital for examination where it was revealed that the girl had been raped
And after rigorous interrogation, the little girl opened up and said her Father’s church member Omotayo Adanlawo who had sexual intercourse with her.
The case was then reported at Iju-Itaogbolu divisional headquarters before being transfered to Ala area command, and a medical report revealed that there was actual penetration into the 10 year old girls’ private part.
Based of the legal advice from the director of public prosecution, Adanlawo was dragged before justice Samuel Bola of a count-charge of rape contrary to section 357 and punishable under section 358 of the criminal laws of Ondo State.
While the prosecution led by a state counsel, Stella Adegoke called five witnesses including the victim and her mother, the defendant was the only one who stood for himself.
Adanlawo in his statement before the police claimed the young girl told him to lie on her after asking for 50 naira and chinchin, but during cross examination, said he was at home at the time of the incident.
He also claimed to be battling with hernia and as such was not medically fit to had had sexual intercourse with the girl.
Justice Samuel Bola in his judgement however said the prosecution was able to prove there was penetration in the rape allegation against adanlawo
He also said the defendant gave no medical report to prove his condition as well as any evidence to suggest his was in his house as claimed on the day of the incident.
He therefore sentenced Adanlawo to life imprisonment in line with section 358 of the crimanal laws of ondo state.
The Attorney-General and state Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye said the judgement has shown that it would not be business as usual for paedophiles in the state.
Omotayo has been handed over to officers of the Nigerian correctional service to begin his sentence.