A 28-year-old man identified as Amechi Ogo has been handed a life sentence by the Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba for having unlawful carnal knowledge of his 4-year-old daughter.
The defendant was arraigned on a charge of r#pe at Asaba on 31st May 2018, contrary to Section 218 of the Criminal Code Law of Delta State.
The prosecution led by the Director of S3xual Offences Unit, Ministry of Justice, Mrs P.U. Akamagwuna told the court that the defendant came home on a fateful day and demanded for s3x from his wife.
When his wife turned him down and left the house on an errand, the defendant forced himself on his four-year-old daughter. He was caught in the act by a neighbour and fled the scene.
The police subsequently arrested him. Defendant made a confessional statement which was tendered in court.
In his trial, defendant retracted the confessional statement and denied committing the offence.
Delivering judgement on Wednesday 1st February 2023, Honourable Justice Flora Ngozi Azinge held that the evidence of the four-year-old child and the witness, who caught him in the act, together with the defendant”’s confessional statement, proved beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the offence.
Justice Azinge held that the defence raised in the confessional statement of the Defendant, to the effect that he lost all sense of reasoning after a native doctor laid hands on him and directed him to have s3x with any woman he saw, was untenable and an afterthought.
She described the defendant as a paedophile, whose conduct in r#ping his own daughter was callous, animalistic, barbaric and against the laws of God.
She stated that society needed to be protected from persons like the defendant who prey on children.
The court thereafter sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment.
Speaking to a newsman after the judgement, Mrs P. U. Akamagwuna said that the State Ministry of Justice will continue to aggressively prosecute all s3x-related offenders in line with the ministry’s zero-tolerance policy for such heinous crimes.
It will be recalled that the S3xual Offences Unit of the Ministry of Justice had previously recorded three judgements in s3x-related offences cases in this current legal year.
The convict has since been registered in the Delta State S3x Offenders Register and his details has been uploaded to the national database.