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Defilement: Court sends software engineer to life imprisonment

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The Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, presided over by Justice Rahman Oshodi, yesterday, sentenced a 32-year-old software engineer, Chukwudi Anyanwu, to life imprisonment for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old minor (name withheld).

The judge took the decision while handing down his verdict on the charge slammed against Anyanwu by the Lagos State Government.

In declaring that the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convicted Anyanwu, Justice Oshodi insisted that the evidence of the survivor was corroborated by the medical report and that of her guardian.

The judge who further stated that the prosecution submitted that the two police officers; Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Iyabo Dawodu, and Inspector Rebecca Osola-Jacob, who were listed on the prosecution witnesses list, provided evidence for the defence instead, which showed they were tainted.

Justice Oshodi equally held that the alibi and the issue of extortion which the convict relied on did not hold water, adding that the evidence presented in court against the convict had shown that he took advantage of the vulnerable girl who was living in the same compound as him.

The trial court insisted that the convict exploited his position of familiarity and authority to lure the survivor into his room on Children’s Day, May 27, 2021, and subjected her to the harrowing ordeal of sexual abuse.

Justice Oshodi opined that the convict’s action had undoubtedly inflicted deep psychological wounds that might take a lifetime to heal.

According to Justice Oshodi, “You have shown a troubling lack of integrity and remorse throughout the proceedings and when you were confronted by the victim’s guardian about the heinous act, you initially denied any wrongdoing.

“However, when the young brave victim repeated the details of your abuse in your presence, you resorted to begging for forgiveness, claiming it was the work of the devil.

“This attempt to evade responsibility and downplay the severity of your action is reprehensible.

“Even more concerning is that you expressed your intention to bribe the police to suppress the case and protect your reputation.

“This blatant disregard for the law and attempt to pervert the course of justice is a serious aggravating factor that cannot be overlooked.”

Justice Oshodi affirmed that the impact of the convict’s actions on the survivor could not be overstated, as he had robbed her of her innocence, shattered her trust and left her with deep emotional scars.

The judge insisted that the court must ensure that justice was served, and the society received a clear message that such reprehensible acts would not be tolerated.

According to the prosecution, the convicted software engineer committed the offence on May 27, 2021, on Thomas Animashaun Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos.

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