An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has fixed April 30 to deliver judgement in the case of a 37-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Emmanuel Idoko, accused of sexually assaulting his 12-year-old daughter by testing her virginity with his fingers.
Justice Sybil Nwaka fixed the date after the prosecutor, Jide Boye, and the defence counsel, Adeyemi Adegbite, presented their final written addresses.
The accused is facing a charge of sexual assault by penetration contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
In his final written address, Mr Adegbite contended that the prosecution had not proved its case beyond reasonable doubt as all the four prosecution witnesses gave contradictory testimonies.
“We most humbly urge this honourable court to absolve the defendant of the charge and discharge and acquit him,” Mr Adegbite said.
On his part, Mr Boye urged the court to convict Mr Idoko and sentence him accordingly.
While testifying for the prosecution on March 5, 2019, Oyedeji Alagbe, a medical consultant with the Mirabel Centre, a sexual assault referral centre, narrated what the complainant had revealed to him during her medical examination.
Mr Alagbe said: “The client declared in her history that her father though not married to her mother, had her and her male sibling living with him.
Mr Idoko, while testifying in his defence on November 21, 2019, denied putting his fingers in his daughter’s private part to test her virginity or seeing her naked.
According to the prosecution, Mr Idoko committed the offence of sexual assault by penetration between July to November 2017 at his residence located at Akewusola St., Oworoshoki, Lagos.
The offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.