A36-year-old man, Okoro Sunday, who allegedly raped his 17-year-old daughter in the presence of her other siblings, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Sunday, who resides in Mushin area of Lagos, was also accused of allegedly hitting his wife’s head with a pestle while beating her and his other children when they raised the alarm over his illegal act.
He is now facing a fivecount charge of rape, assault, breach of peace, sexual harassment and at tempted murder.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Ajayi Emmanuel, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 28 at his residence.
Emmanuel said that the accused forcefully had a carnal knowledge of his daughter in the presence of his other children.
He said that on the said date, the accused lured the girl to the bathroom in his house and had sexual intercourse with her.
According to him, the girl alleged that it was her father that `deflowered’ her. He said the girl narrated everything that happened that day to her mother when she returned from work.
“The woman confronted her husband with the allegation, but he pounced on her and used a pestle to hit her forehead, which caused her head injuries.
The accused also beat the victim’s siblings after they confronted him and rained abuses over the incident.
“The case was reported to the police by the wife of the accused,” Emmanuel told the court.
The prosecutor said that the offences committed by Sunday contravened Sections 137, 166, 171, 228 and 267 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for an offender upon conviction.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mr. E.A. Azeez, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till May 22nd for trial.