23-year-old bags life imprisonment for raping teenager in Lagos

A 23-year-old man, Blessing Okon bagged life imprisonment after being arraigned before a Lagos State Special Offences Court for raping a 14-year-old girl.

The prosecution team said the suspect committed the offence on September 13, 2019, on Ribadu Road, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, called three witnesses; the victim, her father and a medical doctor. Okon testified solely in his defence.

The victim told the court that the convict sexually assaulted her when she was nine years old by touching her breasts on two occasions and he defiled her when she was 14 years old by dragging her to the staircase of her home and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

Justice Abiola Soladoye who passed judgement on the case, noted that the victim was consistent in her evidence before the court which established that the defendant had been having sexual contact with her since she was nine years old.

The Judge further described the convict as shameless, while commending chaplain of the victim’s school who reported the incident for listening to the teenager’s complaints and reporting the case to the authorities without any cover-up.

Justice Soladoye said;

“This defendant is lacking in compassion; he had sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. There was overwhelming evidence against him as presented by the prosecution. He therefore should pay for his sexual crime.

“He is guilty of Section 137 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State and is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment without an option of fine. His name is to be entered into the register of sexual offenders in Lagos State.”

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