A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday, sentenced a 41-year-old teacher of the Mind Builders Nursery and Primary School, Omole Phase 11, Ikeja, Chukwu Ndubuisi, to life imprisonment for raping a six-year-old girl on the school premises.
Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya, who sentenced Ndubuisi, held that the prosecution was able to prove the charge of defilement against the defendant.
The convict committed the offence in June 2016.
Ndubuisi, who was a part-time art teacher at the school, was arraigned on October 4, 2016, at an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a charge of forceful penetration to which he pleaded not guilty.
Justice Olufunke Sule-Amzat, who was a Magistrate when Ndubusi was arraigned, granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two verifiable sureties that must be blood relations with evidence of gainful employment.
The case was later assigned to Justice Ogunsanya after the legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution came out.
During the trial, the prosecution called 13 witnesses while the defendant called nine witnesses.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Ogunsanya, cited several authorities, and held that the prosecution proved its case against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.
The judge held,” The fact, circumstances, and quality of evidence against the defendant was compelling. The first time the victim told her mother of her experience was when she (the mother) was discussing the case of a seven-year-old girl that was defiled and killed which went viral.
“The account of the victim and that of her mother was uncontroverted, corroborated each other, and they gave a good account of the sexual assault.”
Ogunsanya noted that the defendant usually sent the victim’s friend to call her and that the first time the defendant defiled her was in the female toilet.
The judge said that the second time the defendant defiled the victim was in the art room of the school.
She said, “The victim told the court that sometimes, her teacher (defendant) asked her to remove her uniform and put his ‘bumbum’ into her ‘bum bum’.
“At another time, he called her into the art room, he put her on the table, parted her panties, and put his thing into my thing. She said the victim told the court that when the defendant is finished, he would clean up the victim with water.”