A Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, has remanded one Samuel Gbadamosi, aged 60, in the Olokuta Correctional Centre, over allegations of defiling a teenager.
The issue was brought before Magistrate O.R. Yakubu on Thursday.
According to the charge against the defendant, the crime was committed on January 4, 2023, at around 5:30 pm at Newsite Obasekola Street, Owo area of the state.
Gbadamosi was charged with one count of rape.
Police Prosecutor, Augustine Omhenemhen, told the court that Gbadamosi had carnal knowledge of the victim, 16-year-old Miss Jimisola Adenegan, when he visited his house to pick up a Jamb textbook at her friend’s house (Gbadamosi’s daughter).
The offence is illegal and punishable by law, according to Section 357 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State Nigeria, 2006, the prosecutor argued.
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However, the defendant entered a plea of not guilty, emphasising that he had no coerced sexual contact with the teenager
He told the court that the intimacy between him and Jimisola was a mutual agreement, stressing that he did not force himself on the victim.
The prosecution requested that the defendant be held at the Correctional Center while the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office issues its advise.
The defendant’s counsel, Amuluru, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and pledged to offer verifiable evidence and sureties.
In her ruling, Magistrate O.R. Yakubu mandated that the defendant be kept in custody at Olokuta Correctional Facility pending advice from the DPP.
The case was then adjourned until April 27, 2023.