A 51-year-old landlord Ishola Idris and 35-year-old tenant, Linus Okonkwo on Tuesday were arraigned before a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ikeja for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old housemaid.
The housemaid was said to be living with her guardian on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, where the incident happened.
The landlord allegedly de-flowered the girl, ‘sodomised’ her and turned her to an object for intimacy. He also allegedly threatened to kill the girl if she ever told anybody. It was learnt that the minor confessed under pressure when blood was spotted in her anus.
In the court, the following two charges were read to the defendants.
“That you, Ishola Idris, sometime in January 2017, on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully defile one 13-year-old child (name withheld) by having sexual intercourse with her.
“That you, Linux Okonkwo, sometime in March 2017, on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully sexually assault one 13-year -old by penetrating into her private parts.”
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Having heard the two count charges read to them, Both Idris and Okonkwo pleaded not guilty.
The alleged crime, according to the police, is punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Bolanle Osunsanmi, therefore granted each of them bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The case was later adjourned until October 12, 2017, for further hearing.