Gardener remanded over alleged defilement of 13-year-old girl


Lagos – A 45-year-old Gardner, Phillip Ononaku, who allegedly defiled a 13-year-girl, was on Tuesday remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons by an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, however, refused to take the plea of the defendant when the charge was read to him in court.

Kubeinje ordered that the defendant be kept behind bars, pending legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“Because of the sensitivity of the case, it is difficult to grant bail. The case file should be duplicated and sent to the Office of the DPP for advice,” she said.

Kubeinje then adjourned the case until June 27, for mention.

The defendant, who is of no fixed address, is being tried for alleged unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometime in January at Olopomeji, Oworonshoki area of Lagos.

Ihiehie alleged that the defendant had been sleeping with the…

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