Lagos, Nigeria – A 52-year-old man, Akin Isaac has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by Lagos State Special Offences Court for defiling her daughter.
While in court, the presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Isaac to 21 years imprisonment following his plea of guilty to the one count charge brought against him by the State government.
The convict was accused of sleeping with his daughter since she was aged six to 18 years.
The prosecution counsel, Mrs Omowumi Bajulaye-Bishi had told the court that, “Isaac who resides at No 2b Akinlagbe Street Alapere did defile his daughter from aged six to 18 by having unlawful sexual intercourse with his her.”, Daily Independent reports.
His offence according to the prosecution, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law Cap C.17 Vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State 2015.
However, while delivering judgment on the plea bargain agreement the convict signed with the state, the judge said the 21 years proposed sentence by the ministry of justice was too small to the offence which carried life imprisonment.
“ I knew this case very well, I could remember the survivor was crying when giving evidence before the court that she had abortion and how defendant was beating her.
“The prosecution had called for witnesses to testify against the defendant. The defendant initially pleaded not guilty.”
Justice Taiwo therefore directed the registrar to put the defendant in the witness box to go through the process of plea bargain wherein he was asked whether he was forced or coerced by anybody whatsoever to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.
Isaac answered that he decided to change his plea. He started pleading with the court to have mercy on him.
The defendant through his Plea Bargain application dated the 21st of April, 2022 applied and concluded to change his plea.
Bajulaye-Bishi therefore reviewed the facts of the case. She said that between 2014 and 2020, the defendant was having unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter which resulted into at least one pregnancy.
“The defendant also attempted to procure abortion for her and regularly administer drugs to her to prevent pregnancy.
“Trial commenced on February 7, 2022 in which the prosecution called 4 wit