Court remands man over alleged defilement of teenager

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that a 35-year-old man, John Joseph, should be remanded over alleged defilement of a 15-year-old.

Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat ordered that Joseph should be remanded at the Kirikiri Custodial Centre, Lagos, pending advice from the Lagos State director of public prosecutions.

Sule-Amzat, who did not take the plea of the defendant, adjourned the case until Jan 30 for mention.

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Joseph who resides at Ijegun area of Lagos State was charged with defilement.

The Prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, alleged that the defendant committed the offence sometime in July 2017 and in March  2019, at No 6B, Felix St., Ijagemo Road, Ijegun in Lagos.

Emuerhi alleged that Joseph had sexual intercourse with the underage, in contravention of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that defilement is punishable with up to life imprisonment, under the section.

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