A 37-year-old farmer, Joseph Agbomu, has been handed a life sentence by an Akure High Court for defiling his neighbour’s 6-year-old daughter.
The court found Agbomu guilty of the charge of rape, which had been filed against him on March 18, 2019.
The presiding judge, Justice Yemi Fasanmi, upheld the prosecution’s arguments, which established the guilt of the convict beyond a reasonable doubt.
The court particularly noted the compelling testimony by the victim, whose account was corroborated by the nominal complainant, the father of the adolescent.
Justice Fasanmi highlighted the severe physical, emotional, and psychological trauma inflicted upon the victim, who had regarded Agbomu as a paternal figure due to their connections as kinsmen.
The judge added that the victim’s trust was shattered by the abhorrent actions of the perpetrator, leaving a lasting impact on her well-being.
The court’s ruling acknowledged the gravity of the offense committed by Agbomu, recognizing the irreversible harm caused to the young girl and the need for justice to be served. Consequently, the judge imposed a life sentence on the defendant.
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