23rd March, 2016
An Egor Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo state, southern Nigeria, has sentenced a 47-year-old secondary school teacher and father of two, Mr. Rotimi Olayemi, for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female student in his school.
Olayemi, a teacher of English Language at King of Kings College, Benin, who was convicted on Wednesday, was said to have committed the crime on 26 May, 2014.
He pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge bordering on unlawful assault.
The prosecutor, Mrs. Osasu Ewemade, had told the court that the convict usually invited the victim to his office where he would hug, kiss, fondle the breasts of the girl and put his hand in her private part.
She said the offence contravened Section 360 of the Criminal Code Cap.48, Vol. II laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 as applicable in Edo state.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Igho Braimoh, who found the convict guilty as charged, sentenced him to one year on each count with an option of N50,000 on each of the count.
The sentences are to run concurrently.