Court sends bricklayer to prison for sexually assaulting minor

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos

A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has remanded a 25-year-old bricklayer, Laide Joseph, at the Ikoyi Prisons for sexually assaulting the nine-year-old daughter of his neighbours.

Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya gave the order for Joseph’s remand following his not guilty plea to a charge of sexual assault preferred against him by the state government.

The prosecution led by Mr Adebayo Haroun, told the court that the incident happened in March 2015 at his residence, No.2, Oluwasanmi Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos.

According to the prosecution, the defendant had forcefully dragged the complainant into the toilet in the compound of their residence.

“When they were in the toilet, he sexual assaulted her by putting his fingers into her private part. Her cries for help went unanswered,” Haroun said.

The prosecutor said that the complainant was too scared to tell her mother for fear of being punished initially but summoned courage two weeks after the alleged incident.

“The complainant reported the assault to her mother, who in turn reported the incident to the authorities,” he said.

Haroun said that the offence was in violation of Section 259 of Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

When the one count charge offence was read, Joseph pleaded not guilty.

Justice Ogunsanya ordered that he be remanded in prison custody pending commencement of proceedings against him.

She therefore adjourned the matter till
February 28 for trial.

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