Law & JusticeCourt Convicts Businessman To Life Imprisonment For Defiling 14-Year-Old

LAGOS — A Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced a businessman, Ofure Siakpere to life imprisonment for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old in-law (name withheld) in his care.

The accused was sentenced after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The convict was 35-years old when the offence was committed.

Justice Abiola Soladoye, while passing the judgment, said that the prosecution had proved every ingredient for the offence of defilement.

She described the prosecution witnesses as “compelling and convincing”.

The judge admonished parents to stop sending their children to stay with relatives and advised that they should plan their families by giving birth to the number of children they can afford.

“This is contrary to that of the defence which was rather shallow and full of fallacy. The evidence of the defence witnesses were merely self-serving,” she said.

 “The defendant maltreated the victim (his wife’s niece) by defiling her. The conduct of this so-called in-law is hurtful and demeaning. Where is the defendant’s humanity and moral compass?

“This case is a reflection of sexual lawlessness that occurs within the family circle.

“The defendant must be duly sanctioned in the hope that this will serve as a deterrent to others to not tow the line of sexual misconduct.

“The defendant Ofure Siakpere, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of fine.

“His name shall also be registered in the Sex Offenders Register as maintained by the Lagos State Government,” she said.

According to the State Directorate of Public Prosecution, Siakpere committed the offence on or about March 2018 at his residence located at No. 10, Salaudeen Imam St., Lagos.

During the trial, two witnesses; the survivor and a medical doctor, Dr. Aniekan Makanjuola from Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) testified on behalf of the prosecution.

The survivor in her evidence said that she was overpowered and defiled on at least 15 occasions by the convict while living with him and his wife who was her aunt.

 She said that anytime she resisted his advances, he beats her up. The survivor said that she became pregnant as a result of the abuse.

At the time of her testimony in court, she had delivered a baby.

The convict and his wife, Mrs Adebimpe Siakpere testified for the defence.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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