Lagos: 47-year-old man bags 25 year jail sentence for defiling 16 month baby

A Lagos High Court at Igbosere, on Wednesday sentenced 47-year-old pedophile, Maduabuchi Onwuta, to 25 years imprisonment for defiling a 16-month-old baby.

Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya has sentenced the accused to 25 years imprisonment, which will commence from the date of sentencing.

During the trial, the prosecution led by Mr. Adebayo Haroun said the Onwuta, a businessman committed the offense on Nov. 26, 2013, at Isheri, Lagos.

According to Haroun, “the convict had been a longtime family friend of the complainant’s family; he and the complainant’s uncle were secondary school classmates.

“He helped the complainant’s mother by subletting a room in his apartment to her when she had accommodation problems.

“On a fateful day, the complainant’s mother took her daughter to Onwuta’s bedroom and put the toddler in his care while went to bath.

“After her bath, she approached her daughter and the child kept crying and pointing at her underwear saying, ‘mummy see, see’, she checked the child’s underwear and noticed blood.

“Her mother took her to a hospital where tests confirmed that her hymen had been ruptured.

“On the day of the alleged defilement, only the complainant, her mother, and the convict were home,” the prosecutor said.

Onwuta, in his testimony on Feb. 6, 2017, however, denied the allegations.

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