A 49-year-old trader, Adesola Adeboye, was yesterday [Jun 11] brought before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly sleeping with his 14-year-old daughter.
The defendant, who resides at Araro Road, Adamo in Ikorodu area of Lagos, is standing trial on a count charge of incest preferred against him by the police. The prosecutor, Inspector Kenneth Asibo, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence sometime in November 2014 and on March 5.
He said Adeboye had unlawful sexual intercourse with his biological daughter (names withheld). According to the prosecutor, the offence is punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011. Section 137 states that any person who has sexual intercourse with a child is guilty of felony and liable to life imprisonment.
However, when the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty. The defendant’s counsel, Chris Owen-Brown, urged the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms as the alleged offence was a bailable offence.
The prosecutor objected to the bail application, stating that if granted bail, there was possibility that the incestuous act will recur. Magistrate F. F. George granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000, with three responsible sureties, two of who must be a family member.
The sureties are also expected to show affidavit of means and proof of two years tax payment to Lagos State government and adjourned the matter till July 2 for mention.