Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
For allegedly defiling a four-year-old step daughter, a randy 57-year-old man, David Oluwatoba, has been jailed for 14 years by an Ado Ekiti High Court.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Toyin Abodunde held that the prosecution had proved the case of rape beyond reasonable doubt considering the weight of evidence before the court.
The judge held that the prison term started counting from the day of conviction.
The gory event occurred on August 12, 2013 at Odo Usi Street, Awo Road, Igede-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, while the convict was first arraigned in court on November 27, 2015.
During the trial, exhibits tendered to convict Oluwatoba included photographs, medical report on the sexual assault, statement of the accused at the police station, among others.
The convict is married to two wives including the mother of the victim who is the second wife. The victim was a product from a previous marriage before her mother married the convict.
On the day of the incident, the victimâ€™s mother was not at home and the convict had a knowledge of the girl after bathing her.
The mother on arrival discovered blood stains on the victimâ€™s cloth and also the bleeding from her private part which prompted her (the mother) to raise the alarm.
The incident was reported to the Igede-Ekiti Divisional Police
Headquarters and the convict was promptly arrested.
A source said: â€œWe are not happy that he was jailed but this will serve as a lesson and deterrent to other elderly people raping minors in the society. It is difficult to explain why a man at his age who married to two women would condescend to having carnal knowledge of his stepdaughter.â€