The Ondo State High Court in Akure has sentenced a teacher, Omotayo Adanlawo, to life imprisonment for defiling a 10-year-old girl.
Adanlawo, who was arrested by the men of the state police command, was alleged to have committed the crime at Iju town in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State in 2018.
The 10-year-old girl was said to be a daughter of the founder of a church which the teacher attended in the community.
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It was, however, gathered that the convict had been facing the trial for over two years while witnesses had been called by the court to testify on the matter in the court.
The trial judge, Justice Samuel Bola, while delivering his judgment after series of arguments from both prosecuting and defence counsels, said the defendant was unable to prove his innocence in the matter beyond reasonable doubt.
He also held that the defendant failed to give convincing evidence and testimony to prove his innocence.
The teacher was however sentenced to life imprisonment.
This was coming a few days after a state high court, presided over by Justice Bode Adegbehingbe sentenced a tricycle rider, Blessing Kingsley, to life imprisonment for committing a similar offence in Ondo town.