Sexual Assault: Man Docked For Fingering Neighbour’s Five-Year-Old Child
Sexual Assault: Man Docked For Fingering Neighbour’s Five-Year-Old Child

A 30-year-old man, Abednego Jacob, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter, was on Thursday docked at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Concise News reports that the defendant, whose residential address was not given, is facing trial on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.

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The Prosecutor, Insp. Peace Chukwudi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 29, 2019, at Mekuwen Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

She said that Jacob unlawfully had sexual knowledge of the five-year-old girl by inserting his finger in her vagina.

Chukwudi said that the defendant went to the residence of the girl when her parents were out and defiled her.

According to her, the offence contravenes Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant’s plea was, however, not taken.

Chukwudi urged the court to remand the defendant in prison pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the state.

The Magistrate, Mrs K. O. Doja-Ojo, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison and that the case file be duplicated and sent to the DPP for advice.

She adjourned the case to August 7.

The global prevalence of child sexual abuse has been estimated at 19.7% for females and 7.9% for males.

Most sexual abuse offenders are acquainted with their victims; approximately 30% are relatives of the child, most often brothers, fathers, uncles, or cousins; around 60% are other acquaintances, such as “friends” of the family, babysitters, or neighbours; strangers are the offenders in approximately 10% of child sexual abuse cases.

Most child sexual abuse is committed by men; studies on female child molesters show that women commit 14% to 40% of offences reported against boys and 6% of offences reported against girls.