Court sentences 52-year-old to 21 years in jail for defiling daughter

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a 52-year-old man, Akin Isaac, to 21 years imprisonment for defiling his daughter, leading to abortion of pregnancy.
The convict had been having sex with the survivor (name withheld) when she was six years.

The 21 years jail term imposed by the court was sequel to his plea bargain application, dated April 21.

“In view of the guilty plea of the defendant to one count of defilement, I hereby find the defendant guilty as charged,” Taiwo said.

The judge thereafter asked the defendant if he had anything to say, following his conviction.

The convict knelt down in the dock and pleaded for mercy, adding that he had an aged mother to look after.

Taiwo, thereafter sentenced him to 21 years in prison and added that the sentencing should take effect from June 2020 when he was arrested.

Earlier, the judge had asked the State Counsel, Mrs Omowumi Bajulaye-Bishi, if the 21 years plea bargain was good enough for the convict, owing to how emotional the survivor was while she was giving her testimony.

“I remember the survivor clearly. She was weeping right here in the box. Abortion, pregnancy, drugs, beating and all sort of inhuman treatment meted on her by her father.

“Do you think 21 years is good enough for him?,” the judge asked.

Bajulaye-Bishi, in her review of facts dated July 6, had informed the court that the convict applied and concluded to change his plea, upon which the information against him be amended to the offence of defilement.

The prosecutor said that the defendant had started having an unlawful sexual intercourse with his 18-year-old daughter while she was six years old, which resulted into, at least, one pregnancy.

She also submitted that the defendant attempted to procure abortion for her and regularly administered drugs to her to prevent pregnancy.

“Trial opened on February 7 in which the prosecution called four witnesses.

“The defendant, however, approached the state through his counsel to enter into a plea bargain agreement,” Bajulaye-Bishi said.

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