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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling two minors

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A man has been sentenced to double life imprisonment for sexual assault of minors.

Following a comprehensive trial, Ndedigwe Paul was sentenced at the Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The convict was handed down the sentence by Justice Abiola Soladoye, who, after a careful consideration of the evidence presented, found the defendant guilty on two out of the three-count charges of defilement and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor contravening Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

Ndedigwe is said to have lured the victims, who were ages six and seven at that time, into his room and had sexual intercourse with each of them while the other watched.

When he was arraigned on February 14, 2023, he pleaded not guilty to the three-count charges of defilement of minors ages six and seven respectively.

However, during the trial, the prosecution, led by Olufunke Adegoke and A.P Bolanle, presented a compelling case, and the victims were asked to testify. Each of the victims described the gory incident and identified Ndedigwe as the man who invited them to his room and had sexual intercourse with them on his bed.

The judge described the man as “a rough, crude, greedy, paedophile and a destiny destroyer for corrupting the morals of the young girls and such an act must be punished so as to act as a deterrent to other paedophile.”

She further explained that the victims are minors and not of the lawful age to give consent.

Soladoye found the defendant guilty of two out of the three counts charge alleged against him and sentenced him to life imprisonment for count one and count two respectively.

Ndedigwe was sent immediately to the Ikoyi correctional centre to serve his sentence concurrently.

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