A 52-year-old man, Paul Akpederi, who pleaded guilty to raping his 16-year-old daughter, was, yesterday, arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ikeja.
Paul was docked on a one-count charge of unlawful defilement before Magistrate B. O. Osunsanmi
The prosecutor, Inspector Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the defendant has been committing the offence since 2012 in Ikorodu, area of Lagos.
According to Imhonwa, the offence is punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The defendant, however, pleaded guilty to the charge levelled against him by the Police.
The defendant’s lawyer, A. O. Gbadamosi, filed an application to carry out a psychiatric test on the defendant.
She told the court that the defendant was alleged to have been talking to himself and shouting over nothing.
The prosecutor did not object to the counsel’s request, but said the medical test could have been done at the Police level.
The Magistrate, Osunsanmi, however, granted him bail of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be related to the defendant. She said evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government must be verified, and adjourned to December 6.
By Joel Chukwuma