Ekiti Man Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Raping 11-year-old Girl


A 49-year-old man identified as Dele Adeyanju, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for raping an 11-year-old girl.

 

He was charged to court in September 2019.

 

According to the charge, the defendant, "on 14th January 2019 at Omuo Ekiti, in Ekiti East Local Government area of Ekiti State, did rape an 11 years old girl. The offence contravened Section 31 of the Child’s Right Law, Cap. C7, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012."

 

The girl told the police in her statement that she returned from school on that fateful day, had lunch and went to hawk garri.

 

The defendant then called her and bought N100 garri but when she bent to carry her garri container, he overpowered her, dragged her into his room, and penetrated her while covering her mouth with a towel to muffle her screams.

 

She said she bled after the incident and was in a lot of pain but was afraid to tell her mother.

 

But when the pain became unbearable, she opened up to her mother who then reported to the police.

 

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti found Dele Adeyanju guilty of rape and sentenced him.

 

In the court judgment, Justice Bamidele Omotoso said: "I resolved the sole issue in favour of the prosecution and against the defendant. I hold that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the allegation of rape against the defendant. The defendant is accordingly convicted as charged.

 

"Consequently, the defendant is hereby sentenced to four years imprisonment, without an option of fine. The term of imprisonment shall begin to run from 17th of March, 2021 when his bail was revoked by this honourable court and was ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti."

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