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Lagos: 52-year-old man bags 21 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting daughter

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
16 September 2022   |   3:40 am
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja, has sentenced a 52-year-old man, Akin Isaac to 21 years imprisonment for defiling his daughter.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja, has sentenced a 52-year-old man, Akin Isaac to 21 years imprisonment for defiling his daughter.

The court sentenced him after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge brought against him by the state government. The convict was accused of sleeping with his daughter from age six to 18 years.

Prosecuting counsel, Mrs. Omowumi Bajulaye-Bishi had told the court that, “Isaac, who resides at No 2b Akinlagbe Street Alapere, defiled his daughter from age six to age 18 by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.”

His offence, according to the prosecution, is contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law Cap C.17 Vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State 2015.

While delivering judgment on the plea bargain agreement the convict signed with the state, the judge said the 21 years proposed sentence by the ministry of justice was too small to the offence, which carried life imprisonment.

“ I knew this case very well, I could remember the survivor was crying when giving evidence before the court that she had abortion and how the defendant was beating her.

“The prosecution had called for witnesses to testify against the defendant. The defendant initially pleaded not guilty.” Justice Taiwo therefore directed the registrar to put the defendant in the witness box to go through process of plea bargain wherein he was asked whether he was forced or coerced by anybody whatsoever to change his plea from not guilty to guilty

Isaac answered that he decided to change his plea and started pleading with the court to have mercy on him.

The defendant had through a plea bargain application dated April 21, 2022, applied and concluded to change his plea. Bajulaye-Bishi, thereafter reviewed the facts of the case. She said between 2014 and 2020, the defendant was having unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter, which resulted into at least one pregnancy.

“The defendant also attempted to procure abortion for her and regularly administered drugs to her to prevent pregnancy.

“Trial commenced on February 7, 2022, during which the prosecution called four witnesses before the defendant approached the prosecution to change his plea.

“ Having shown remorse for his action, he pleads guilty to the offence of indecent treatment of a child contrary to Section 135 of the Criminal Law Cap C.17 Vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State 2015.

“The defendant agreed to plead to the offence of defilement with a lesser sentence of 21 years.”

The court therefore admitted his plea of guilty and sentenced him to 21 years imprisonment.

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