A Lagos State High Court, has sentenced one Oladimeji Michael, to 21 years imprisonment with hard labour, for sexually assaulting his landlady’s son.
The presiding judge, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya, ruled that the prosecution proved its case “beyond all reasonable doubt” and therefore sentenced the convict accordingly.
According to the prosecutor, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, the assault happened on September 5, 2013 on Kadiri Street, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The convict, had reportedly taken the victim to the public bathroom in the house which he was a tenant, and put his private part in the boy’s mouth.
A neighbour, identified as Ifeanyi, was said to have seen them and alerted the boy’s mother, Iyabo who rushed to the bathroom, peeped through the doorhole and saw Michael standing on a stone, with his private parts in the victim’s mouth.
Iyabo subsequently raised the alarm before reporting the matter to the police and the suspect was arrested.
The defendant was subsequently charged to court on one count of sexual assault by penetration, which the police said was contrary to Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Michael was said to have pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial.
In proving its case against the defendant, the prosecution called three witnesses, namely the neighbour who saw them, Ifeanyi; the boy’s mother, Iyabo; and the Investigating Police Officer, W/Cpl. Okunola Modupe.