(*7*)A 31-year-old instructor, Idowu Daniel, was on Monday, sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Ikeja Special Offences Court for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student inside the college premises.
The convict was charged with defilement.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo held that the prosecution failed to set up the cost of defilement against the convict, because the victim was unable to present up in courtroom to testify.
She said the confessional statement by the defendant, which was made voluntarily, confirmed that he sexually assaulted the minor.
“The defendant admitted to having fondled the breast of the victim twice and tried to have sex with her but he could not penetrate as she was a virgin.
“The defendant is hereby convicted on the charge of sexual assault of a child,” she held.
In his defence, the convict pleaded for mercy when requested if he had something to say.
“My lord, I am very sorry for what happened. I promise it will not happen again,” the convict told the courtroom.
The choose additionally lashed out at the convict for touching the survivor in a suggestive means, including that he would have gotten life imprisonment if the minor had testified in courtroom.
“You are a teacher and you were touching the breast of your student. You would have gone for life imprisonment if the victim had come to court to testify.”
Justice Taiwo, who had earlier sentenced the convict to 5 years imprisonment, nonetheless, elevated his jail time period to seven years with out an option of tremendous after saying that he had been in custody for three years.