- Life Imprisonment Sentence: Sunday George, a 26-year-old automobile technician, known by the alias “Rewire,” faced the consequences of his actions as he was handed a life imprisonment sentence by the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court. The judgment was delivered on Thursday after George was found guilty of defiling his neighbor’s 12-year-old daughter.
- Prosecution’s Convincing Case: Justice Abiola Soladoye, presiding over the trial, declared that the prosecution had successfully proven the charge of defilement against the convict beyond a reasonable doubt. The court emphasized the three essential elements of defilement: the victim’s underage status, the defendant’s engagement in sexual activity with her, and the immateriality of the child’s consent. All these aspects were convincingly established by the prosecution.
- Condemnation of the Convict: During the trial, Justice Soladoye did not mince words in her assessment of the defendant. She referred to George as an irresponsible adult and a pathological liar, discrediting his testimony as an afterthought lacking credibility. In stark contrast, the judge expressed satisfaction with the unambiguous testimony of the victim, further solidifying the court’s conviction. Consequently, George was not only sentenced to life imprisonment but was also ordered to be registered as a sexual offender in the Lagos State Government’s Sexual Offenders Register.