A Keke NAPEP driver, Blessing Kingsley was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Excessive Court docket sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The sentence was handed over to Kingsley for raping a 14-year-old lady and infecting her with Hepatitis B.
Justice Bode Adegbehingbe who gave the judgement after a two-year trial stated the weighty proof proved surely that Kingsley was responsible of the one-count cost of rape.
It was gathered that on July 12 2018, the 14-year-old sufferer whereas on her approach dwelling from her grandmother’s store in Ondo city, headquarters of Ondo West Native Authorities Space of Ondo State was accosted by the offender, a household acquaintance who supplied to take her dwelling.
As a substitute, Kingsley was stated to have pushed her to his home beneath the pretext of constructing her greet his household and within the course of forcefully had intercourse together with her after they acquired to Kingsley’s abode.
After the incident, a report was instantly made on the Funmbi Fagun Police Station whereas a medical examination confirmed she was raped and had additionally been contaminated with Hepatitis B by her rapist.
Kingsley was arrested and arraigned earlier than Justice Adegbehingbe on a one-count cost of rape, an offence opposite to and punishable beneath part 358 of the felony legal guidelines of Ondo State 2006.
The suspect who was represented by a counsel from the Authorized Help Council was the one witness for himself whereas the prosecution known as 4 witnesses together with the sufferer, Sergeant Olanrewaju Agbelusi who arrested Kingsley, a photographer and a medical physician, Dr Jegede who was subpoenaed to talk to the medical information.
The prosecution additionally dropped at courtroom as an exhibit, the sufferer’s blood-soaked underwears, pictures of the scene exhibiting a blood-stained mattress, and her medical report after the incident amongst others.
After the trial which lasted for 2 years, Justice Adegbehingbe in his judgement stated Kingsley gave weak and pitiable proof in addition to criminally exploited his familiarity with the sufferer regardless of claiming to not know her earlier than the incident.
Representatives of the Authorized Help Council, Toyin Asake stated Kingsley nonetheless has a window of enchantment however the state counsel who prosecuted the case Stella Adegoke described his conviction as one other success within the struggle in opposition to rape.