An Ogun State High Court, sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, on Thursday sentenced a retired soldier, Alabi Ibrahim, to life imprisonment for raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter and infecting her with HIV.
The convict committed the crime in 2012 at his home where the victim and her mother resided.He was subsequently arrested and tried, following the intervention of Ogun State Chapter of Child Protection Network, an umbrella body of Non-Governmental Organisations, NGO’s which fights for the rights of children.
Earlier during the trial under case number AB/37/C/14, a medical report presented in the court from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, established that the convict had sexually assaulted the girl and also infected her with HIV.
The report tendered by Dr Seyi Adejobi showed that the girl had been penetrated, while blood investigation also revealed that she has HIV, as the the convict.
The victim told the court that she lost count of the number of times her step father had sex with her, saying at the end of every sex, the convict always threatened that she would die if she should told anybody.
The convict’s counsel, Adebola Okudoro, in his plea for his client, told the court that the allegation against him was hearsay, and appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy in seeing that his client was not sentenced.
“My Lord, the accused person is a first offender. The health of accused should be put into consideration. He is infected with HIV, and will need access to medical attention, which is very expensive, and there is no such facilities in prisons custody. The accused person is the breadwinner of the family. He has several dependants. We pray the court to temper justice with mercy,” the counsel pleaded.
However, in his judgement, Justice A.A Akinyemi said the accused faced a one-count charge of having sexual intercourse with the child, an offence said to be contrary to section 3 of Child Rights Law, noting that, the court was convinced with the allegation against the accused after several court sittings.
Source: Nigeria Camera
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