Lagos man bags life imprisonment for raping, infecting teenager with HIV

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One Richard Saviour has been sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling and infecting a 14-year-old with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Lagos.

The victim is a niece to the convict’s wife.

He was convicted and sentenced by Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday.

The development is contained in a statement issued by the Lagos state Domestic and Sexual Violence agency.

“The judge said when the police took the victim to the Mirabel Centre, she was tested and found to be HIV positive.

“Thereafter, she was transferred to Mary’s Home Orphanage and looked after with the help of Positive Action for Treatment Access, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

“The judge, hence, convicted the defendant on the charge of defilement by unlawful sexual assault and sentenced him to life imprisonment in the correctional centre,” the statement published Wednesday on the agency’s X handle, @Lagosdsva, read.

The agency noted that the State Counsel, Ola Azeez, called three witnesses to prove the prosecution’s case while the convict testified in his defence during the trial.

In her ruling, the judge held that the evidence provided by all the prosecution witnesses was substantiated and considered as the truth.

Justice Ogala said the victim’s evidence was corroborated by the Investigating Police Officer and Social Worker from the state Ministry of Youth and Social Welfare.

According to her, these established the offence of defilement against the convict.The judge said, “The testimony before the court depicts the ‘evil’ perpetrated on this young girl and how she was abused both mentally and physically by the defendant and his wife for years.

“Revealing how she indeed ‘cried out’ for help and was betrayed by those who were supposed to help and support her.

“It is imperative to state at this juncture that the actions of the principal of PW2’s school and the social worker (PW3) are commendable as same eventually brought some succour and relief to PW2, who unfortunately has been permanently ‘scared’

“Having carefully considered the entirety of facts before the court, it finds that in this instance, the prosecution has satisfactorily proved the one count information the defendant stands faced with.”

Ogala said the mien of the defendant was desperate to distance himself from the allegation by denying the offences.

“The defendant in his evidence before the court indeed narrated how PW2 (the survivor) had at one instance, after running from home to avoid a beating from his wife, ran to the station and he was subsequently informed that PW2 accused him of molesting her.

“The court finds that the totality of the testimony of the defendant who testified in his defence calling no additional witness is in essence a denial of the allegation without more.

“He offered no reliable explanations to the charge aside from attempts to depict PW2 as a stubborn girl and one who stole from himself and his wife,” she added

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