A 55-year-old businessman, Kolawole Amoo, who allegedly raped his 14-year-old step daughter and got her pregnant was on Wednesday arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused was arraigned before the Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde on a two-count charge of threat to life and rape.
Amoo, who resides at Olaide Street, Ipaja, Lagos, however, denied the charge and was admitted to a bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Abegunde said that sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidences of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and that one of the sureties must be a religion leader.
According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, the accused committed the offences between the month of February 2016 and April 2017 at his residence.
He said that the accused unlawfully had sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old step daughter.
“The accused had been having canal knowledge of the victim for one year,” he said
The prosecutor said that the accused always threatened to kill the girl if she refused him sex.
“The accused who has been sleeping with the girl whenever her mother is not around, always threatens to stab her with a knife whenever she refused to comply,” he said.
Donny said that when the girl discovered that she was pregnant, she told the accused who took her for an abortion.
“The accused took her to a hospital and aborted the pregnancy without her consent and equally threatened her not to disclose the situation to her mother or anybody,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the mother of the girl noticed that her daughter was bleeding.
“The mother took her daughter to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a post-abortion trauma, which led to complications.
“The girl confessed to her mother that her step father took her for abortion,” he said.
The offences contravened sections 56 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment as penalty for offenders.
The case was adjourned until May 18 for mention.