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By Nike Adekunle –
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday slammed a N500,000 bail on a 38-year-old mechanic, Isaiah Okoromi, who allegedly defiled a five-year-old girl.
The Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde granted the accused bail after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Abegunde ordered that the accused should produce two sureties as a condition for the bail.
He adjourned the case to February 13 for mention.
Okoromi, a resident of Number 54, Olowu Street, Ikeja, Lagos, is being tried for indecent treatment of a child and defilement.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Rapheal Donny told the court that the accused committed the offences on December 29 at his residence.
He said that the accused unlawfully had canal knowledge of his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter.
“The accused inserted his manhood into the private part of his co-tenant’s daughter,” he said.
Donny said that the wife of the accused was the whistle blower who alerted the mother of the victim.
“The accused’s wife came back from work unannounced and caught her husband having sex with the girl on the matrimonial bed.
“She shouted and ran down stairs to inform the victim’s mother and together both rushed upstairs.
“The victim’s mother met her daughter in the accused’s room, she started shouting and crying which alerted other co-tenants who descended on him through beating.
“The victim’s mother reported the case to the Police Station,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the victim was rushed to the General Hospital where medical report showed that there was forceful penetration through her vaginal.
“The doctor’s report confirmed that the victim was sexually abused as there were bruises in the victim’s vagina,” he said.
However, the magistrate, ordered the investigating Police Officer to duplicate and forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP) for legal advice.
The offences, Donny said, contravened sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused may be jailed for life if found guilty according to the provisions of section 137.