Security guard jails life for defiling teen

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A 23-year-old security guard identified as Blessing Okon was sentenced to life imprisonment by Judge Abiola Soladoye of a domestic violence and sex offenses court in Ikeja on Monday for having unlawful carnal intercourse with a student. 14 years old.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in convicting Okon, Soladoye said the prosecution had succeeded in proving the essential ingredients of defilement beyond reasonable doubt.

Calling Okon lewd, the judge noted that the victim was consistent in her oral testimony in court which established that the defendant had had sexual contact with her since she was nine years old.

“This defendant lacks compassion, he had sex with a 14 year old girl. There was overwhelming evidence against him as presented by the prosecution. So he should pay for his crime s3x.

“The defendant is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of a fine.

“He must have his name registered in the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Lagos State Government,” she said.

Soladoye in the judgment praised the chaplain of the survivors’ school to whom she revealed that she had been defiled by the guard. The chaplain alerted his father to the crime.

“The school chaplain in question had a listening ear allowing the victim to share his thoughts, concerns, anxieties and frustration which ultimately led to the reporting of this case to the authorities.

“I salute the chaplain’s courage and frankness in not sweeping this affair under the rug.

“I wish him all the best and sincerely hope that other people in positions of power can speak up about issues of sexual abuse and report them to the authorities,” Soladoye said.

NAN reports that according to State Prosecutors Olusola Soneye and Olufunke Adegoke, Okon committed the offense on September 13, 2019 at Ribadu Road near Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He was 20 years old when he committed the offence.

The prosecution presented three witnesses; the victim, his father and a doctor while Okon testified only in his defense.

The victim in her testimony said that the defendant sexually assaulted her when she was nine years old by touching her breasts twice.

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