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UPDATED: Lagos doctor sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling his wife’s niece

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Dr Olufemi Olaleye a Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for defiling his wife’s niece.

LagosPost earlier reported that while delivering the judgement, Justice Rahman Oshodi held that the evidence provided by the prosecution, the Lagos State Government against the defendant was compelling.

Dr Olaleye was arraigned on November 30, 2022, on a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration of the minor between December 2019 and July 2022 when she came to live with their family.

The prosecution, led by Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Babajide Martins, had told the court that Olaleye sexually assaulted his wife’s niece for about 19 months until the wife discovered and reported it to the police. The minor is said to be 18 years old now.

At his arraignment, the doctor pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

Six witnesses were called by the prosecution as proof of its case against him; the minor, the defendant’s wife, a medical doctor another child care expert, both of whom examined the minor and two police officers involved in the investigations, testified in the trial.

The defendant also testified in his own defence alongside his friend of over 40 years and his forensic physician, who faulted the medical evidence presented by the prosecution.

Having evaluated all the evidence before him, Justice Oshodi noted it was “compelling”.

Justice Oshodi also said Olaleye’s confessional statement before his former counsel, Mr Olalekan Buruji, and the Divisional Police Officer at the Anthony Police Station, Lagos State, proved that he committed the offences.

The judge held that Olaleye said in the statement that he regretted his act and that Olaleye’s denial of the statement during the trial did not hold water.

Justice Oshodi described the medical director as a dangerous offender who did not show any sign of remorse during the trial.

“You acknowledged that you are a sex addict in your confession but came to this court and told lies.

“You showed no remorse, and it shows that you are a dangerous man.

“The survivor, to your knowledge, is a child but you forced her to watch pornography, rub her breasts and put your penis in her mouth.

“You penetrated her repeatedly,’’ Oshodi said.

In sentencing, Justice Oshodi said, “By the laws of Lagos State, I am compelled to hand you a sentence of life imprisonment on each count of your offence, but your counsel has said that you are a first-time offender and a doctor of cancer patients.

“I hereby sentence you to life imprisonment on both counts one and two.”

The judge also directed that Olaleye should have his name written in the Sexual Offences Register of the Lagos State Government.

The offences contravene the provision of Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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