An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Tuesday sentenced a 45-year-old businessman, Emeka Orisakwe, to three life sentences for defiling his three underaged children.
The minors were aged eight, eight and six.
According to reports, Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt the three-count charge bordering on sexual assault by penetration against the defendant.
“You are wicked and a pathological liar,” she said, adding that the defendant said his wife was mentally unstable in order to deny the offense.
”This is most bizarre and unfortunate,” she added.
She also berated the immediate younger sister of the defendant, who testified at the first defence witness, (DW1) for tendering a medical report concerning the mental state of the defendant’s wife which did not correlate with the timing of the incident.
The judge also said that DW1 evidence was unreliable as it was a pack of lies tainted by deception after she had corrupted the minds of the survivors to lie before the court.
“The children were very honest but I observed the three children that came to testify and this court could see that their aunt, whom they stayed with after the incident, had been working on their brains to tell lies before this court.
“The children’s subsequent denial in court after they made statements at Satellite Police Station that their father messed around their vaginas with his fingers is an afterthought and very unfortunate.
“The children were taken away from the custody of their mother and the sister-in-law painted lies in their minds.
“This court can not be fooled. The DW1 is a liar and a wicked sister-in-law, whose evidence is self serving to save her brother from drawing.
“The medical report on the mental state of the defendant’s wife which she tendered before this court was dated Feb. 2, 2023 but the sexual incident occurred years back and in desperation, they went to cook up a medical report from Imo state that the defendant’s wife is mentally unstable.
The judge said that the attempts of DW1 and the defendant were to get through the back door when they could not get through the front door as the medical reports on the survivors revealed blunt forceful penetration.
“The medical reports which were carried out on the three children and admitted into evidence before this court showed bruises on the inner surface, blunt and forceful penetration of the survivor’s vaginas.
“The medical examination revealed that the three children suffered various degrees of bruises from the sexual assault perpetrated by their biological father.
“This corroborates the statement of the survivors at the police station and the evidence given by the second prosecution witness (PW2), an officer from a child advocacy agency that the brother of the survivors, told him that he once saw his father, fingering his sister,” the judge said
She further said that the subsequent denial of the defendant was an afterthought that did not hold water.
Soladoye thereby convicted the defendant of the 3-count charge and subsequently sentenced him to life imprisonment on each of the counts.
She, however, held that the sentencing should run concurrently.
The judge also ordered that the convict should have his name registered in the sexual offences register as maintained by Lagos State.