Auto Mechanic Charged With Defiling Co-tenant’s Daughter In Bathroom
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday in Lagos released a 23-year-old auto mechanic, Ayobami Akindele, on a N250, 000 bail, charged with defiling a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of their tenement building.
Akindele, who entered a `not-guilty’ plea to the charge of indecent treatment of a child and defilement, is a resident of Apesin Street, Mushin, Lagos.
The Magistrate, Mrs F.A. Azeez, who gave the ruling, also asked the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail condition.
She said the sureties, who must be gainfully employed, should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy forwarded to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Emmaunel Ajayi, the accused committed the offence on March 23 at his apartment.
“The accused sneaked into the bathroom where the girl was bathing and forcefully had a canal knowledge of her.
“The accused was idling away at the passage when the girl passed with a bucket of water to the bathroom.
“The girl was crying and was in pain but the accused begged her, promising to give her money.
“He also covered the girl’s mouth with towel before committing the crime.
“When the girl’s mother came back home in the evening, her daughter was complaining of stomach ache.
“As she was trying to find out what went wrong, she discovered blood stains on her clothes.
“Her mother asked her what happened to her and she told her everything that transpired between her and the accused,” he said.
The prosecutor said the girl was taken to the hospital and a medical report obtained showed that there was forceful penetration which left her with bruises.
The offences contravened Sections 137 and 139 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 139 prescribes life imprisonment for offenders.
The magistrate adjourned the case until May 10 for mention.