Lagos Carpenter Sentenced to Life for Raping 12-Year-Old Neighbor

Carpenter sentenced to life for raping 12-year-old neighbor, highlighting the urgent need to protect children from sexual abuse and hold perpetrators accountable.

Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Lagos Carpenter Sentenced to Life for Raping 12-Year-Old Neighbor

Lagos Carpenter Sentenced to Life for Raping 12-Year-Old Neighbor

Tayo Akinboyewa, a 26-year-old carpenter, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for raping his 12-year-old neighbor, a primary school pupil. Justice Rahman Oshodi found Akinboyewa guilty of defilement based on compelling evidence presented by the prosecution.

The court heard testimony from the survivor, who provided a direct eyewitness account of the sexual abuse. This was corroborated by medical evidence and Akinboyewa's own confessional statement, in which he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the minor on two occasions in December 2020 and January 2021. The judge also considered the testimony of the victim's mother and the investigative police officer, which linked the defendant to the crime.

In his ruling, Justice Oshodi emphasized the severity of the offense, noting that Akinboyewa took advantage of his status as a neighbor and the victim's young age to sexually abuse her . The judge described the defendant's actions as a gross violation of the victim's innocence, dignity, and bodily integrity.

Why this matters: This case highlights the pervasive issue of child sexual abuse and the importance of holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. It sends a strong message that such crimes will not be tolerated in society and that the justice system will work to protect vulnerable children from exploitation.

Despite Akinboyewa's attempt to deny the charges and discredit the prosecution's case, the judge found the evidence against him to be consistent and credible . In sentencing Akinboyewa to life imprisonment, Justice Oshodi stated that the depravity of his acts warranted a severe punishment to reflect society's hatred for such conduct and to serve as a deterrent to others. The judge also ordered Akinboyewa's name to be registered in the sex offender register of Lagos State.

Key Takeaways

  • Carpenter Tayo Akinboyewa sentenced to life for raping 12-year-old neighbor
  • Victim's eyewitness account, medical evidence, and confession corroborated crime
  • Judge emphasized severity of crime, violation of victim's innocence and dignity
  • Sentence sends strong message against child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Akinboyewa's name to be registered in Lagos sex offender registry