A 31-year old teacher, Idowu Daniel was on Monday sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Ikeja Special Offences Court for sexually assaulting his 16-year-old student within school premises.
While the Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo rejected the defilement charge since the victim didn’t appear in court, the confessional statement by the defendant, which was made voluntarily, showed that he sexually assaulted the minor.
“The defendant admitted to having fondled the breast of the victim twice and tried to have sex with her but he could not penetrate as she was a virgin. The defendant is hereby convicted on the charge of sexual assault of a child,” she said.
The judge also lashed out at the convict for suggestively touching the survivor, adding that he would have gotten life imprisonment if the minor had testified in court.
“You are a teacher and you were touching the breast of your student. You would have gone for life if the victim had come to court to testify.
The judge, who had earlier sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment, however, increased his jail term to seven years without an option of a fine after saying that he had been in custody for three years.