Elizabeth Olatunji, a medical practitioner, shared a true-life story of how a 51-year-old electrician known as Folorunsho Oluwaseun, sexually assaulted his 17-year-old daughter for over six years, to the Lagos State Special Offences Court.
It was gathered, that Oluwaseun allegedly committed the offence at his No. 40 Popoola Street, Offin residence in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. Oluwaseun is standing trial before Justice Sybil Nwaka on charges of defilement and sexual assault.
Olatunji, who works at the Mirabel Centre, where rape victims in the state are referred to, noted that the medical examination showed that the victim sustained an injury to her private parts, adding that the defendant also assaulted the victim’s sister.
She said, “The main finding was on the hymen. There was a transition on the hymen. The victim told me that she was angry. She said her father was not only sexually assaulting her; he was also assaulting her younger sister. She said her father began to sleep with her not long after her mother left them.”
While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, B. T. Boye, the doctor, who works at the Department of Family Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, said the forensic examination conducted on the victim indicated a long and repeated penile penetration, which lasted for six years.
“The girl also said that when the matter persisted, she reported to her grandmother but the grandmother ignored her and only said that there was no cause for alarm as long as her father did not get them pregnant.”
During cross-examination by the defence counsel, Worer Obuagbaka, Olatunji insisted that the victim told her that it was her father who assaulted her, adding that the medical test conducted showed that there was penile penetration, which caused injuries to the victim’s hymen. Obuagbaka, however, urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him to prepare his client and present his witnesses.
Justice Nwaka adjourned the case till December 18, 2018, for the continuation of trial.