A 65-year-old landlord, identified as Igwe Ambrose has been given a double life sentence by the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for sticking his fingers into the private parts of his tenant’s seven- and eleven-year-old children.
Justice Abiola Soladoye on Monday ruled that the prosecution had proven Ambrose’s four counts of sexual assault by penetration and indecent treatment of a child beyond a reasonable doubt.
Soladoye said the defendant was a filthy old man who while ostensibly offering to assist the survivors with their schoolwork, caressed their breasts and touched them indecently.
She noted that the defendant had been identified and that the survivor’s evidence had shown him to be an unreliable, dishonest, and unworthy liar.
“The children decided to open up to their mother, who then informed her husband; he thereafter confronted the defendant and the matter was reported to a police station.
“The police visited the scene and the defendant was invited to the police station where he denied the allegations against him.
The judge, therefore, found the defendant guilty of all four counts against him, which were brought against him in violation of Sections 135 and 261 of the Lagos State 2015 Criminal Laws.
State Counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke called four witnesses: the mother of the survivors, the IPO, who submitted five exhibits, and two survivors.
The prosecution pointed out that the defendant committed the charges at Shagari Estate in Ipaja, Lagos, between January and June of 2021.