Former Vice Principal to Spend Rest of Life in Jail for Raping 12-year-old Pupil

A former Vice Principal of St. Mary’s Girls Grammar School, Ikole-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Taiwo Ajayi, is to spend the rest of his life in prison.
This is as Ekiti State High Court, Thursday, found him guilty of raping a 12-year-old pupil of the school where he was a Vice Principal.
In sentencing Ajayi, Justice Monisola Abodunde held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond every reasonable doubt on the strength of evidence placed before the court.
Justice Abodunde rejected the convict’s counsel’s plea for leniency on grounds that his client is a first offender, father and breadwinner of an aged mother.
Justice Abodunde held: “The cases of child dfilement has been on the increase lately and to serve as a deterrent to others, my view is that the punishment stipulated by the lawmakers was deliberate to deter the offence and protect the right to dignity of the child.
“The defence counsel is pleading for leniency and praying for fine instrad of the due punishment. My question is: who pays the victim for the lifetime scar of the trauma and torture of rape.
“I am unable to deviate from the provisions of the law in this instant. The defendant is found guilty as charged and sentenced to life imprisonment.”
The court sitting in Ado Ekiti, said it found Ajayi guilty of raping a minor contrary to Section 31(2) of the Child Rights Law of Ekiti State 2012. The convict was the Vice Principal (Academics) at the time he committed the offence on March 18, 2014.
According to the prosecution, Ajayi lured the girl into his office, locked the door from behind and raped her on the table while blocking her mouth with a cloth.
One of the teachers was said to knocked on the door but the convict refused to open.
Ajayi was said to have threatened the girl not to tell anybody.
The prosecution was led by Mr. A.E. Arogundade of the Ministry of Justice while the defence was led by Mr. Sule Longe. The convict was first arraigned in court on October 14, 2016 and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution called eight witnesses including a medical practitioner from the State University Teaching Hospital, police officers who investigated the case, two other pupils and a teacher inthe school.
Exhibits tendered include a medical report, statement of the accused, report of the panels set up by the school authorities and Teaching Service Commission, medical report from the police clinic, statement of the victim, among others.
The two panels set up to investigate the matter indicted Ajayi which led to his suspension from service after which he was arrested and arraigned to face the charge.

Author: News Editor

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