By Adenike Ayodele, Ikeja.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Thursday sentenced a 52-year-old man, Akin Isaac, to 21 years’ imprisonment for defiling and impregnating his 18-year-old daughter.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the man to 21 years in jail, following his plea bargain application dated April 21.
“In view of the guilty plea of the defendant to one count of defilement, I, hereby, find the defendant guilty as charged,” Taiwo said.
The judge thereafter asked the defendant if he had anything to say, following his conviction.
The accused knelt down in the dock and pleaded for mercy, saying that he had an aged mother to look after.
Taiwo, thereafter sentenced him to 21 years in prison and added that the sentence should take effect from June 2020 when he was arrested.
Earlier, the judge had asked the State Counsel, Mrs Omowumi Bajulaye- Bishi if the 21 years’ plea bargain was good enough for the convict, owing to how emotional the survivor was while she was giving her testimony.
“I remember the survivor clearly. She was weeping right here in the box. Abortion, pregnancy, drugs, beating and all sort of inhuman treatment meted on her by her father?
“Do you think 21 years is good enough for him?” the judge asked.
Bajulaye-Bishi, in her review of facts, dated July 6, had informed the court that the accused applied and concluded to change his plea, upon which the information against him be amended to the offence of defilement.
The prosecutor said that the defendant had started having an unlawful sexual intercourse with his 18-year-old daughter when she was six years old, which resulted into at least one pregnancy.
She also submitted that the defendant attempted to procure abortion for her and regularly administered drugs to her to prevent pregnancy.
“Trial opened on Feb. 7, in which the prosecution called four witnesses.
“The defendant, however, approached the state through his counsel to enter into a plea bargain agreement,” she said.
Bajulaye-Bishi said that the convict, had been having sex with his daughter since when she was six years old.
She said that the accused committed the offence between 2014 and 2020 at Akinlagbe Street, Alapere-Lagos.
She added that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.