An Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, yesterday sentenced a retired soldier, Alabi Ibrahim, to life imprisonment for raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter.
Ibrahim was also accused of infecting the girl with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.
The convict, according to the prosecutor, committed the crime in 2012 in his home where both the victim and mother reside before he was subsequently arrested.
Earlier during trial in the suit number AB/37/C/14, a medical report presented in the court from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, by Dr Seyi Adejobi established that the convict had sexually assaulted the girl and that she was carrying the virus.
The convict also confessed to be positive with HIV.
Also the girl told the court that she had lost count on number of times her step father slept with her, saying that at the end of every sex, the convict always threatened to kill her should she inform anybody.
The convict’s counsel, Adebola Okudoro in his plea said the allegation was hearsay and appealed the court to temper justice with mercy.
Okudoro said, “The accused person is a first offender. The health of accused should be put into consideration; he is infected with HIV and will need access to medical attention which is very expensive, and there is no such facility in prison.
“The accused person is the breadwinner of the family. He has several dependants. We pray the court to temper justice with mercy.”
In his judgement, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi said the accused committed an offence contrary to section 3 of Child Rights Law, noting that the court was convinced with the allegation against the accused.