A self proclaimed prophet, Olushola Akinsipe is standing trial for alledged defilement of a 13-year-old visually-impaired girl before Justice Hakeem Oshodi, of the Lagos High court in Ikeja.
The defendant was said to have committed the act when the minor was taken to him for a spiritual cleansing over witchcraft.
Testifying on Wednesday, a medical doctor, Dr. Sekinat Oredoyin, told the trial judge that the defendant defiled the visually-impaired girl under the pretext of praying for her.
The Public Health Physician who works at Yaba Local Council Development Area said she examined the 13 years.
While being led in evidence by State counsel, Mr. Michael Adewoye, the witness told the court that the victim/survivor presented herself for medical examination alongside her father, on December 12, 2020.
The doctor claimed that the survivor narrated how the defendant, the pastor of Power of the Home Deliverance Ministry, had forceful sexual intercourse with her on five different occasions.
She said: “The survivor and her father were referred from Owutu Police Station. They came into the facility about 2.36 p.m., and the survivor complained of forceful penetration.
“The survivor is a visually-impaired child, and her father took her to the defendant for deliverance.
“She said the defendant gave her an unknown substance to drink and after that, she could not remember anything, but she was able to narrate to her father after he discovered a brownish discharge under her pant and interrogated her,” she said.
The witness explained further that the survivor had hyper pigmentation around her face and some marks on her waist which the survivor told her resulted from injuries she sustained during the deliverance.
“The survivor said that the defendant beat her with banana leaves during the deliverance and also scrubbed her back with salt.
“The medical examination findings were in keeping with forceful vagina penetration.
“The blood samples showed pregnancy test was negative but because of the sore on her body, I directed her to Domestic Sexual Violence Agency for counselling.
“At that time, she was depressed as she believed that she was the one that killed her mother and she was made to believe that her father was not progressing because of her.
“I concluded my report and sent it back to the police,” she said.
Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr. Boladale Obafemi, the witness said the medical report was scanned on her phone and she did not take samples of the sore she saw on the survivor’s body for examination.
She also said to the court that she had never met the defendant and she did not request to get the DNA samples of the defendant from the police to match with the survivor’s.
The defendant is facing a three-count charge of defilement, indecent treatment of a child and trial by ordeal.
The offences contravene Sections 128(b), 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
However, Justice Oshodi adjourned the case until April 17 for continuation of trial.