A married man with two wives has been sentenced to prison for allegedly raping his four-year-old stepdaughter in Ekiti.
An Ado-Ekiti High Court sitting in Ekiti State has sentenced a 57-year-old man, David Oluwatoba, to 14 years imprisonment for raping his four-year-old stepdaughter.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sentence was handed down by Justice Toyin Abodunde who found the convict guilty on charges bordering on rape and forceful carnal knowledge.
Oluwatoba allegedly committed the crime on August 12, 2013, at Odo Usi Street, Awo Road, Igede-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, and was first arraigned in court on November 27, 2015.
While presenting its case, the prosecution provided exhibits which included photographs, the medical report on the sexual assault, statement of the accused at the police station, among others.
At the time of committing the crime, the convict was married to two wives including the mother of the victim who is the second wife. The victim was a product from a previous marriage before her mother married Oluwatoba.
It was gathered that on the day of the incident, the victim’s mother was not at home and the convict forcefully had carnal knowledge of the girl after giving her a bath.
The mother on arrival discovered bloodstains on the victim’s cloth and also the bleeding from her private part which prompted her to raise an alarm. The incident was reported to the Igede-Ekiti Police Divisional Headquarters and the convict was promptly arrested.
A resident of the area while commenting on the conviction, said:
“We are not happy that he was jailed but this will serve as a lesson and deterrent to other elderly people raping minors in the society.
It is difficult to explain why a man at his age married to two women would condescend to have carnal knowledge of his stepdaughter.”
Justice Abodunde, while sentencing Oluwatoba, noted that the prosecution had proved the case beyond every reasonable doubt, adding that the prison term started counting from the day of conviction.
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