An Ado-Ekiti high court, yesterday, sentenced a former Vice Principal of St. Mary’s Girls Grammar School, Ikole-Ekiti, Taiwo Ajayi, to life imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old student.
Ajayi was found guilty of raping a minor contrary to Section 31(2) of the Child Rights Law of Ekiti State, 2012. The convict was the Vice Principal (Academics) at the time he committed the offence on March 18, 2014.
The court was told that Ajayi lured the girl into his office, locked the door, gagged and raped her on the table. One of the teachers knocked at the door, but the convict refused to open it and threatened her not to tell anybody.
Ajayi was caught in the act by two teachers, who forced themselves into the culprit’s office during the act.
Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond every reasonable doubt on the strength of evidence placed before the court.
In delivering the judgment, Justice Abodunde rejected the convict’s counsel’s plea for leniency on grounds that his client is a first offender, father and breadwinner of an aged mother.
Justice Abodunde held: “The cases of child defilement have been on the increase lately and to serve as a deterrent to others, my view is that the punishment stipulated by lawmakers was deliberate to deter the offence and protect the right to dignity of the child.