An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Adekunle Olalere, to life imprisonment for raping a two-year-old girl.
Olalere who resides in the Mowe area of Ogun State was convicted on one count of having sexual intercourse with the two-year-old, a charge which he pleaded not guilty to.
However, delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi held that all evidence presented before the court by the prosecution was tenable, hence the convict was guilty as charged.
“Based on the evidence, I find and hold that the convict, had sexual intercourse with the child and is guilty as charged,” he said and thereafter, sentenced Olalere to life Imprisonment.
The prosecution counsel, Mrs Oluyemisi Aruleba, had told the court during the trial that the convict committed the offense on March 22, 2017, at No 18, Bashorun street off Unity road, Olowotedo area in Mowe.
According to her, the convict forcefully had sexual intercourse with the two-year-old girl.
Aruleba said the victim’s mother had been residing with Olalere because she helps the wife to sell foodstuff and other things.
“The victim’s mother met her two-year-old daughter crying, and noticed she was not walking properly, she checked her daughter’s private part and noticed it was swollen.
“She took the child to the hospital where it was confirmed that there were sperm cells in her private part and it was also revealed that the child had been sexually abused,” she said.
According to Arulebe, the offenses contravened Section 32 of the Child Right laws of Ogun 2006.