A 65-year-old landlord, identified as Igwe Ambrose has been given a double life sentence for sticking his fingers into the private parts of his tenant’s seven- and eleven-year-old children.
The judgment was delivered by Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Monday.
According to the judge, the prosecution was able to prove Ambrose’s four counts of sexual assault by penetration and indecent treatment of a child beyond a reasonable doubt.
Justice Soladoye described the defendant as a filthy old man who while ostensibly offering to assist the survivors with their schoolwork, caressed their breasts and touched them indecently.
In addition, the judge ruled that the survivor’s evidence had shown the defendant to be an unreliable, dishonest, and unworthy liar.
“The children decided to open up to their mother, who then informed her husband; he thereafter confronted the defendant and the matter was reported to a police station.
“The police visited the scene and the defendant was invited to the police station where he denied the allegations against him.
The judge, therefore, found the defendant guilty of all four counts against him, which were brought against him in violation of Sections 135 and 261 of the Lagos State 2015 Criminal Laws.
Mrs. Olufunke Adegoke, the State Counsel, called four witnesses: the mother of the survivors, the IPO, who submitted five exhibits, and two survivors.
According to the prosecution, the defendant committed the charges at Shagari Estate in Ipaja, Lagos, between January and June of 2021.