A state high court sitting in Akure has sentenced a teacher identified as Omotayo Adanlawo to life imprisonment for raping a 10-year-old girl.
Delivering his judgement, the judge identified as Justice Samuel Bola said the defendant failed to give convincing evidence and testimony to prove his innocence in the rape allegations.
It was learnt that the sexual assault incident occured on August 24 2018.
According to report, the convict, Adanlawo used to attend the girl’s father’s church and allegedly went to the victim’s house at Iju in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State when she was alone and raped her after which he threatened her not to tell anyone else she will die.
The victim reportedly complained of stomach pains as she could not walk afterwards after the incident.
Her mother took her to a hospital for examination where it was revealed that the girl had been raped.
A family source revealed that the little girl opened up and said Adanlawo had sexual intercourse with her after rigorous interrogation.
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 girl’s private part.
In a statement before the police, Adanlawo claimed the young girl told him to lay on her after asking for 50 naira and chinchin but during cross examination he claimed that he was at his home at the time of the incident.
He also claimed to be battling with hernia and as such was not medically fit to have had sexual intercourse with the girl.
Justice 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 he was in his house as claimed on the day of the incident.
The Judge subsequently sentenced Adanlawo to life imprisonment in line with section 358 of the crimanal laws of Ondo State.