Security Guard Bags Life Imprisonment For De-filing Minor | READ DETAILS


Security Guard Bags Life Imprisonment For De-filing Minor | READ DETAILS


A security guard, Olawale Olarewaju who has been detained at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Lagos state for defil-ing a 13-year-old girl, has finally been sentenced.

Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Viol-ence Court on Monday, December 8, sentenced Olarewaju, to life imprisonment for having s-exual intercourse with the victim.

In his judgment, Oshodi held that the prosecution proved the ingredients of defilement with charge number LD/2359C/2016 against the defendant.

The judge stated that the victim, ( now 18 years old) testified before the court that she was 13 years when the incident happened and that the convict was a security guard at a construction site.

He said that the victim told the court that the convict forcefully had se-x with her when she went to fetch water at the site.

In justice Oshodi’s words;

“The prosecutrix gave her testimony and said that she went to fetch water at the construction site where the defendant (convict) worked when he came from her back, closed her mouth, and found herself in the room with him.

“She said that the defendant ‘tore my clothe, and forcefully had s-ex with me and I started having pains in my vagina.’

“She testified further that she informed her parents about the incident and her father reported the case at the nearest police station.

“The prosecutrix further told the court that she was taken to Mirabel Medical Centre for examination.”

Oshodi said that the evidence of the survivor was corroborated with that of her father who was the Prosecution Witness Two.

He said the survivor gave a vivid and unshaken testimony of what the defendant did to her.

“I believe her.

“The defendant’s denial does not hold water as he admitted knowing the prosecutrix but made a u-turn during cross-examination that he did not know her.

“He also admitted that the prosecution came to the compound to fetch water,” the judge added.

The judge held that Olarewaju contradicted himself and made his evidence-in-chief unreliable.

He thereafter convicted him of the charge and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Oshodi ordered that the convict’s name should be entered in the Se-xual Offences Register maintained by the Lagos State Government.

During the trial, the prosecution called two witnesses while the defendant testified as the sole witness.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Speaking on the prolonged detention of the convict without trial since 2016, the judge blamed the Ikoyi Custodial Centre for the lapses and delay in justice by failing to bring the defendant to court.

Justice Oshodi held that the case had been struck out for want of diligent prosecution by Justice Sybil Nwaka (retd) when the custodial centre did not produce him before the court for arraignment despite the issuance of a reproduction warrant between 2016 and 2019.

He said:

“The defendant was in the Ikoyi Custodial Centre and remained there for about eight years from the day of his remand until he was produced before me on January 3, 2023 for arraignment.

“The proceedings demonstrated gaps in the operation of the Nigeria Correctional Service.

“It is mind-boggling to hear that the defendant has been in Ikoyi Custodial Centre since 2016 but was brought to court for the first time in 2023.

“The correctional centre was directly responsible for the defendant’s long period of awaiting trial and this is appalling.”