For raping his niece, a 20-year-old factory worker, Friday Solomon, was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, who pronounced judgment after the accused pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault, said that the sentence was without an option of fine.
The incident which led to Solomon’s incarceration took place on February 8, 2017 at Ketu, Lagos.
A neighbour living in the compound, who the girl reported her ordeal to after the incident, apprehended the culprit.
The victim’s mother received a phone call at about 4.30 p.m., asking her to rush home quickly, indicating that someone had raped her daughter.
“When the complainant got there, she started crying when she saw her daughter bleeding from her private part.
“The little girl told her mother that Solomon, a cousin of her deceased father, came to the house when she was doing her homework with her siblings and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
“She said that when she started shouting, the accused covered her mouth with his hands and when he was done, she saw blood flowing from her private part and reported to their neighbour,” a police prosecutor had told the court.
The mother of the defiled child and the neighbour later reported the incident at the Ketu Police Station.