Court sentences bricklayer to life jail for defiling 13yrs girl

Court sentences bricklayer to life jail for defiling 13yrs girl
Bricklayer Gabriel Awaye received a life sentence from Judge Abiola Soladoye of the Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja for defiling a 13-year-old girl in his room.

The state government had filed charges against him, and the court found him guilty of them.

Awaye was charged by the prosecutor with committing the offenses on June 2, 2021, in Agbado Oke-Odo, Lagos, at Agbawaye Street, Command Area.

Sections 127 and 261 of the Lagos State 2015 Criminal Laws served as the foundation for the charges.

The prosecution presented evidence to support the elements of the two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault against the defendant, according to Justice Soladoye's ruling.

The survivor provided clear and concise testimony before the court, the judge ruled, noting that her testimony supported the accounts of other prosecution witnesses.

"The survivor, who is the prosecution's witness number one, testified in court that she was at her grandmother's house when Rofiat, a friend, informed her that her sister had sent for her.

The witness described how, upon arriving at the location, she saw the defendant instead of her sister, who shoved her onto the mat and engaged in sexual relations with her.

The defendant attempted to distance himself from the crime by claiming that the survivor's mother attempted to have a sexual relationship with him, but his testimony is riddled with falsehoods. The prosecution witnesses were, in the opinion of this court, truthful in their testimony, and their evidence was supported.

Based on the evidence presented in court, the judge found Awaye guilty of both counts.

The victim recognized the defendant as the one who had defiled her when she was thirteen.

By this verdict, the defendant is declared guilty of the two counts and given a life sentence in prison.

"The defendant should be imprisoned for life because of his daring sexual irresponsibility, making him unfit to live in a civilized society.

The court ruled that "he should have his name registered in the Lagos State Sexual Offenses Register."

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency reiterates the state’s zero-tolerance stance and insists that there is help for survivors, even as we remain committed to ensuring perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

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