An Ikeja High Court in Lagos yesterday [Jun 11] sentenced a 27-year-old trader, Chidi Ibiam to 21 years imprisonment for defiling a six-year-old girl. Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya found Ibiam, who lives in the Baruwa Area of Ipaja, a Lagos suburb, guilty of defilement.
“I have noted before me all the relevant facts of this case; the defendant is hereby found guilty of the crime of defilement and is sentenced to 21 years in prison,” Justice Ogunsanya said.
During the trial, the prosecution led by Mr Adebayo Haroun, a state counsel, told the court that Ibiam committed the offence on December 15, 2012. Haroun said the convict was caught after the victim reported the assault to her mother. According to the prosecution, the convict is well known to the victim’s family as he is a neighbour and a church member.
The convict denied the charge.
The victim told the court that the defendant had unlawful carnal knowledge of her on 12 occasions in a shop and in a neighbour’s house. “He used to give me garri and money; then he would ask me to sit on his laps before he would start touching me,” she said.
The victim referred to Ibiam’s genitals as “tom tom” throughout her testimony.
In her judgment, Justice Ogunsanya urged parents to teach their children the right names of male and female genitals. Another prosecution witness, Dr Adefunke Adeoye of Orile-Agege General Hospital, told the court that when she examination on the victim, she found evidence of sexual assault and broken hymen.
Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, states: “Any person who has unlawful sexual intercourse with a child is guilty of a felony and liable to imprisonment for life.’
- THE NATION