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30-year-old man sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling JSS 3 student in Ekit

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Tuesday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Shola Oguntuase to life imprisonment for defiling a 14-year-old.

 The victim whose name was not mentioned is a student of Junior Secondary School (JSS) three.

The convict was arraigned and tried before Justice Adekunle Adeyeye on a one-count charge of defilement.

Justice Adeyeye while delivering judgement, held that the prosecution proved its claims against the convict beyond all reasonable doubts, hence, his conviction to life imprisonment.

“From the entire circumstances, I have no doubt that the prosecution established beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant raped the victim.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge ruled.

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Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Marcus Olowoyo told the court that Oguntuase defiled the minor on July 7, 2020, at Ire- Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti.

Olowoyo, in proving his case, presented the victim’s statement to the police before the court as evidence.

The prosecutor further called four witnesses and tendered medical reports as exhibits before courts to prove her case of rape.

However,  the defence counsel, Rotimi Adabembe called no witnesses.

According to the Child Rights Law in Nigeria and Section 358 of the Criminal Code, anyone convicted of rape is liable to life imprisonment.

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