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Man gets jail term for defiling 11-year-old girl

Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, on Wednesday, March 15, sentenced a man,  Stephen Francis, to life imprisonment for d€filing an 11-year-old  primary five pupil in his room.

The prosecution had dragged the convict to court for d€filing the suspect. 
 
Delivering judgment in the case, the presiding judge held that the prosecution team had sufficiently proved the three essential ingredients of d€filement against the convict.

According to her, the confessional statements of the convict were consistent with the evidence given by the survivor and her mother before the court.

“The survivor, 11-year-old primary five pupil, identified the defendant in the dock as the man who sexually defiled her when he told her that his wife was calling her to run an errand for her. The defendant took her to his house and had sex with her.

“She said, ‘he took me to his room and slept with me. I went to mother and reported to her after that we went to the police station.

The survivor’s testimony was consistent and unshaken under cross-examination…The defendant stripped her naked and had unlawful sexual intercourse with her.”he said

The judge further held that slight penetration amounted to sexual intercourse and denial by the defendant was an afterthought.
 
“I hereby find the defendant guilty as charged of the one count of defilement and he is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment. The defendant should have his name registered in the sexual offence register as maintained by Lagos State.” the judge held

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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