From The Court

Artisan Jailed For Life For Raping A 12 Year-Old-Girl


For sexual abuse of a-12-year-old customer by an artisan Gbenga Olasunkanmi, Justice Abiola Soladoye on Tuesday has sent the middle age man to life imprisonment.


The presiding judge handed the judgement to the convict at an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement of a minor proffered against him by the Lagos State Government.

She said, “Pouncing on an innocent young girl should be something that should be condemned in all ramifications as she has now suffered emotionally and psychologically.

“This callous defendant is mean and vicious and is not fit to live in a sane society.

“The evidence of the prosecution witnesses have been compelling, consistent and the prosecution has proved the offence of defiling a child under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

“The defendant having been found guilty of the offence as charged, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of any fine.

She further ordered “His name Gbenga Olasunkanmi should also be registered in the Sex Offenders Register kept by the Lagos State Government. This is the judgement of the court.”

According to the state prosecutor, Mr. Peter Owolabani, the convict who is a bag repairer, committed the offence at 5:00pm on September, 6, 2017 at Isolo, Lagos.

The survivor had gone to repair her school bag and when she returned her mother noticed that the bag was not properly repaired and told her to return to the artisan to properly repair the bag.

The prosecutor added, “After he repaired the bag for the second time, as the survivor was leaving, the convict pulled her back and forcefully defiled her in his shop.”

During the trial, three prosecution witnesses were the survivor’s father, the survivor and a medical doctor had testified against the convict while he testified in his defence.

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