An Osogbo Magistrate Court has sentenced a 56-year-old Samuel Olatoye for raping an 11-year-old primary school pupil in Osogbo to 14 years imprisonment without any option of fine.
The convict had just finished serving a jail term at Ilesa prison for armed robbery which he committed on June 11th, 2012 at Abodua, Oluode area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Olatoye was said to have forcibly had carnal knowledge of the hapless girl, who is a primary 4 pupil of All Saints Primary School in Owoope area, Osogbo.
The police prosecutor, Elisha Olusegun, yesterday told the court that Olatoye, engaged one Funmilayo Adefemi to invite the girl to his house and thereafter de-flowered her,
The charge sheet also said that Olatoye conspired with Funmilayo to commit felony to wit rape and unlawfully had carnal knowledge of an 11-year-old victim and thus committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 and 218 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
The accused person pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and rape preferred against him.
The prosecutor also informed the court that Olatoye resides very close to her victim’s school, therefore making it easier for him to have access to them after schools hours.
Olusegun said that the ex-convict seized the victim’s clothes, including pants for close to two hours after forcing her to bed, an action which prompted the victim’s parents to search for their daughter and eventually found her in Olatoye’s house.
The prosecutor further informed the court that the victim revealed to her parents how Olatoye forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.
According to the prosecution, the victim’s parents reported the case at the state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osogbo and Olatoye was apprehended and was later handed to the police for necessary investigations.
When asked whether the fact was correct, the accused said it was the truth, adding that he had been having sexual intercourse with the victim for about two years alongside some of her friends.
Olatoye’s counsel, Mr. Reginald Ngwu, prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy, but Magistrate Adewunmi Makanjuola declared Olatoye guilty and convicted him.
Makanjuola ordered Olatoye to be sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and also ordered that Olatoye should be re-arraigned in court for raping some other young girls inside his room on September 7th, 2011.
Source: The Nation