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A 42-year-old man,  Ekpo Lawrence, will spend the rest of his life in prison after the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court sitting in Ikeja found him guilty of defiling and impregnating his 15-year-old daughter.

At the trial on Thursday, the State Government said Lawerence was having unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter between December 2018 and June 2019 at his home in Agege, Lagos State. He was 39 years old and his daughter was 15 years old at the time.

The Court held that the evidence given by the prosecution was consistent while those of the defendant were inconsistent and manifestly unreliable, adding that the convict’s denial of the allegations was a calculated attempt to mislead the Court.

In her testimony, the survivor had told the Court her father had, on numerous occasions, defiled her whenever her stepmother travelled until she eventually confided in a social worker in her school about her father’s actions.

During sentencing, Justice Abiola Soladoye branded his behaviour as toxic, absolutely disgraceful, and an abomination.

“I pray for inner peace for the victim to relieve her of fear and hatred for her father who sexually molested her several times so that she can deal with her pains, trials, and tribulations and go on to live a purpose-driven life.

“A father should be a trusted person in the life of a child. He was supposed to keep his child safe but betrayed her sexually; he ripped purity off her body and her soul. This is taboo, and he must no doubt face the music for his morbid, sordid sexual misconduct.

“For the above-stated reasons, the defendant is sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of fine,” the Judge said.

The Judge also directed that his name should be registered in the Sex Offenders Register maintained by the Lagos State Government.

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