rejected the convict’s counsel’s plea for leniency on grounds that he
was a first offender, father and breadwinner of an aged mother.
cases of child defilement has been on the increase lately and to serve
as a deterrent to others, my view is that the punishment stipulated by
the lawmakers was deliberate to deter the offence and protect the right
to dignity of the child.
counsel is pleading for leniency and praying for fine instead of the
due punishment. My question is: “who pays the victim for the life-time
scar or the trauma and torture of rape ?“`I am unable to deviate from
the provisions of the law in this instance; the defendant is found
guilty as charged and
sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge said.
News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the rapist, who is in his
60s was at the time of committing the crime, the Vice- Principal
(Academics) at St. Mary’s Girls Grammar School, Ikole-Ekiti.Ajayi, who
was suspended from the civil service to face the consequences of his
action, committed the offence on March 18, 2014.
teachers had stormed the vice-principal’s office but could not
gain entry until after about 30 minutes and caught him red-handed.
the arraignment on Oct. 14, 2016, Ajayi had pleaded not guilty. The
offence contravened Section 31 (2) of the Child Rights Law of Ekiti
witnesses including a medical practitioner from the State University
Teaching Hospital, police officers who investigated the case, two other
pupils and a teacher in the school.
tendered include a medical report, statement of the accused, report of
the panels set up by the school authorities and Teaching Service
Commission, medical report from the police clinic, statement of the
victim, among others.
up to investigate the case indicted Ajayi which led to his suspension
from service after which he was arrested and prosecuted.