Idowu Daniel, a 31-year-old teacher, was given a seven-year prison term by the Ikeja Special Offenses Court for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student on school grounds. The defendant was accused of defilement.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove the defendant was defiled since the survivor was unable to appear in court to give a testimony.
“However, the defendant’s own confessional statement revealed that he sexually attacked the minor.
“The defendant acknowledged touching the victim’s breast twice and attempting to have sex with her, but he was unsuccessful since she was a virgin.
She declared, “The defendant is hereby found guilty of the accusation of sexual assault of a child.”
When asked whether he had any comments, the prisoner begged for forgiveness.
“My Lord, I sincerely apologize for what occurred. I swear it won’t happen again,” the convicted person assured the judge.
The judge also chastised the defendant for caressing the victim in a provocative manner, saying that if the child had spoken in court, the defendant would have received a life sentence.
“You are a teacher, and you touched your student’s breast. If the victim had appeared in court to provide a testimony, you would have received a life sentence, she claimed.
The court, who had previously sentenced the defendant to five years in prison, enhanced his sentence to seven years in prison without the possibility of a fine after noting that he had already spent three years in custody.