The convict was given a 21-year prison term on Thursday after pleading guilty to the single count brought against him by the Lagos State Government, according to Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offenses Court.
During the arraignment, Omowumi Bajulaye-Bishi, the state’s prosecutor, informed the court that Isaac defiled his daughter from the age of six to the age of 18.
The prosecution’s attorney claimed that the crime was a violation of Section 137 of the 2015 Criminal Law Cap. C.17 Vol. 3 Laws of Lagos State.
The judge ruled that the proposed sentence of 21 years from the ministry of justice was insufficient for the crime that carried a life sentence in her ruling regarding the plea bargain agreement the convict signed with the state.
She held, “I knew this case very well, I could remember the survivor was crying when giving evidence before the court that she had abortion and how the defendant had beaten her.
“The prosecution had called four witnesses who testified against the defendant. The defendant initially pleaded not guilty.”
Previously, Justice Taiwo, who convicted Isaac, had also instructed the court clerk to call the defendant to the witness stand so that he could participate in the plea bargain process. During this process, the defendant was questioned about whether he had been forced or coerced in any way to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.
Isaac responded by saying he had changed his plea. He began pleading with the court to show him mercy.
When reviewing the case’s facts, Bajulaye-Bishi claimed that between 2014 and 2020, the defendant had illicit sex with his daughter, which resulted in at least one pregnancy.
“The defendant also attempted to procure abortion for her and regularly administer drugs to her to prevent pregnancy.
“Trial commenced on February 7, 2022, in which the prosecution called four witnesses before the defendant approached the prosecution to change his plea.
As a result, the court accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and gave him a 21-year prison term for being guilty.
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